A Colorado state trooper was arrested today on suspicion of driving drunk in uniform while he was behind the wheel of a marked patrol car and carrying a gun, authorities said.
David Nolan, 48, was arrested by Douglas County deputies about 7 a.m. on Colorado 470, a beltway around southwest Denver, the Sheriff’s Department said.
He was being 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, sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Egnor said.
State Patrol spokesman Ryan Sullivan said the agency would have a statement later in the day. It was unclear whether Nolan was on duty at the time of the arrest.
The arrest was made after several people reported a State Patrol car driving erratically on northbound Interstate 25 near Castle Rock, about 25 miles south of Denver.
Sheriff’s dispatchers transferred the calls to the State Patrol, and a few minutes later the patrol asked the Sheriff’s Department to help locate the car and check on the driver.
- Associated Press