Off-duty Oakland County deputies arrested for drunk driving accident on St. Patrick's Day

Two Oakland County Sheriff's Deputies were arrested for a drunk driving accident at 11 a.m. St. Patrick's Day.

The incident happened at University Drive near Paddock Street in Pontiac when the two rear-ended a 70-year-old woman.

She was transported to a local hospital, treated for injuries, and released. Deputies from the Pontiac substation responded to the accident.

While at the scene of the accident, police officers discovered both off-duty Deputies had been drinking
and Sheriff's Office Investigators arrested both individuals.

The driver was arrested for operating while impaired as well as possession of a firearm while intoxicated. The
passenger was arrested for possession of a firearm while Intoxicated. Both weapons were off-duty handguns.

Investigators obtained a blood draw from both off-duty Deputies and the kit has been sent for blood alcohol level testing. Both Deputies were lodged at the Oakland County Jail where they were held overnight and released pending further investigation.

Once the results of the blood tests are returned, Sheriff's Investigators will present the case to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office for criminal charges.

"This is completely unacceptable on more levels than I can list," said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. "Law enforcement is held to a higher standard. They have violated the public's trust and will be held accountable for their inexcusable actions."

The off-duty Deputies involved have less than 19 months on the job and both have been suspended. Additionally, the Sheriff's Office has begun termination proceedings. Their deputy status has been revoked and their agency issued equipment, badges, and ID has been confiscated by the Sheriff's Office.