Salt Lake Cop Accused of Dui, Beating Driver: After getting into a confrontation with another driver, according to investigators, and pinning the other driver’s legs with his truck, a Salt Lake police officer was detained over the weekend and charged with DUI.
Officer Thomas Edward Caygle, 37, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and careless driving that caused an injury and brought into the Weber County Jail. According to a police booking affidavit, Caygle “had a minor mishap” while operating his truck on Friday at about 5:50 p.m.
On the side of the road, both drivers stopped. The affidavit reads, “Thomas and the other driver began to quarrel, at which point witnesses allege Thomas got in his truck, put it in drive, and drove into the rear of the vehicle, pinning the other driver’s legs between his truck and the other vehicle.” Thomas refused to turn around and free the person trapped between the cars.
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According to Riverdale police, who were called to the site to help Ogden police due to an undefined “conflict of interest,” the other driver was eventually taken to a hospital. The arrest report does not mention the severity of the driver’s injuries.
According to the affidavit, witnesses claimed they could smell alcohol on Caygle’s breath and saw that he had trouble balancing and speaking clearly. In addition to failing three field sobriety tests, Caygle “confessed to consuming alcohol before the accident,” according to the police.
The Salt Lake City Police Department stressed in a prepared statement issued on Monday that Caygle was operating a personal vehicle and was not on duty at the time. However, the news went on to clarify that Caygle had been given administrative leave and that even when off-duty, officers were still held to a higher standard.
“At all times, even when they are not on duty or working, our community expects nothing less than the best from its police officers. Every day, we work to surpass those goals, “Mike Brown, chief of police in Salt Lake City, was quoted in the statement.
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“I am disturbed and dismayed by this occurrence after examining the information and documents I have so far received because it is inconsistent with our fundamental values and objectives. Any department policy infringement will result in prompt and complete accountability after our internal inquiry is complete.”