Police Officer Accused of Driving Drunk

download (10)A Philadelphia Police officer is facing the charge of DUI and other related charges after damaging a police vehicle. The officer is identified as Darryl Cathey, 26, who is a six-year-veteran of the Philadelphia Police force.

According to police reports, a 12th district officer approached Cathey’s marked police vehicle on the 6500 block of Woodland Avenue at around 12:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The officer noticed Cathey’s vehicle had three flat tires and bent rims. Though Cathey indicated to fellow officers that he had been operating the vehicle while it had tire damage, Officer Cathey was taken into custody, after smelling alcohol on Officer Cathey’s breath. Cathey struggled against a supervisor and other officers and resisted arrest.

Both internal affairs and the police department’s accident investigation are investigating the case. Police said Saturday that Officer Cathey would be charged with DUI, aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person. The officer has been suspended for 30 days by the police commissioner with intent to dismiss.

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