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Turks and Caicos Police officer arrested for DUI, no one above the law

#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 4, 2018 – A former prison guard and current officer with the Criminal Investigation Department of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force was overnight arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol. 

The new law, which on July 1, took effect aims to crack down on the common practice of driving while drunk by empowering uniformed Police officers to get breath samples to determine sobriety.

Breathaliser devices are now permitted to be used on the scene and at police stations in gathering evidence and in determining whether drivers are handling motor vehicles on public roadways while they are intoxicated.

The tests are swift and results are immediate.

Police moments ago only confirmed the arrest of a man, but did not give any comment or indication that this man was from within their ranks or the details of the collision.  The release said:

A 50-year-old man involved in a vehicular accident on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence after his breath alcohol content was determined to be more than the legal driving limit.

The vehicular accident took place shortly after 12:00 a.m. on Aviation Drive Providenciales.

The man was taken to the Chalk Sound Police Station where a positive sample was detected on the evidential breath test machine.

He was later charged and released to appear in court on July 12th, 2018.

This arrest, follows news of a first arrest since the new law on Monday of a 42-year old man in Providenciales.  This arrest is also raising eyebrows and proves that no one is above the new law.

It was said the CID Officer was off duty at the time of the arrest.

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