SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – A Pierre police officer has been arrested and placed on administrative leave for driving under the influence, according to DRG.
Officials with the Pierre Police Department say the suspect, Jeremiah Erickson, was involved in a car crash with a deer in southwest Pierre on Friday. Erickson was off duty and identified himself as a police officer when he called to report the accident. To avoid a conflict of interest, Deputy Hughes was dispatched to the scene of the accident.
The deputy suspected Erickson was under the influence of alcohol and requested the South Dakota Highway Patrol conduct a DUI investigation. The SDHP confirmed that Erickson was intoxicated and he was arrested, processed through the Hughes County Jail and booked with conditions to participate in a 24/7 sobriety program.
Erickson then failed to report to the Hughes County Jail on Saturday for 24/7 breathalyzer testing as required by his bond status. He reported to jail yesterday and was booked on a bond violation.
Erickson has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
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