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Police and law enforcement officials often face a difficult task in enforcing vehicle and safety laws. Part of this enforcement is upholding a stellar image while understanding, knowing and being able to communicate the risks of unacceptable behavior such as drinking and driving and distracted driving.

With that in mind, an on-duty Colorado state trooper was pulled over Monday and accused of driving drunk after several people called 911 to report a State Patrol vehicle driving erratically, according to the Associated Press.

Video captured by a television station helicopter showed the arrest of 48-year-old David Dolan, who was in uniform. Sheriff’s deputies put handcuffs on him and placed him in the back of a patrol vehicle.

Dolan, who authorities say was carrying a gun, was booked on charges of driving under the influence and prohibited use of weapons. Colorado law makes it illegal for anyone to have a firearm while intoxicated.

The arrest happened about 7 a.m. on Colorado 470, a beltway around southwest Denver, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said.

At first take I’m always thankful when drinking and driving situations do not result in the death or serious injuries to another. However, this instance is particularly grievous given the car accidents and other vehicular accident seen by law enforcement officials such as state troopers. Our hope is that the Colorado State Troopers and the offending officer will use this mistake to further educate the public about the ramifications and potential consequences of drinking and driving.

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