Maybe she can get some advice from our county attorney about dodging responsibility for her actions!

Charges: St. Louis Park officer was intoxicated, belligerent after fleeing crash scene

The officer was stopped by Minneapolis police after she allegedly crashed her vehicle into a parked car, fled and refused to cooperate when stopped.
By Liz Sawyer Star Tribune AUGUST 16, 2016 — 12:10PM
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A St. Louis Park police officer has been charged with drunken driving and obstructing justice after Minneapolis police say she rammed her vehicle into a parked car, fled the scene and refused to cooperate when stopped.

Chaunte Lee Ford, 27, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with DWI, colliding with an unattended vehicle, careless driving and obstructing the legal process. Ford has been with the St. Louis Park police department for six years, beginning as a community service officer and then a sworn officer for more than three years, according to a city spokeswoman.

She was immediately placed on administrative leave following the late-night incident on Aug. 5.

“We are determining the appropriate time to begin an internal review,” a city statement reads. “The St. Louis Park Police Department and the City of St. Louis Park expect the highest standards of conduct from our employees, and these charges are troubling.”

According to the criminal complaint:

An off-duty Minneapolis police sergeant heard a loud crash that sounded like a car accident around 11:15 p.m. on Aug. 5. Patrons of the nearby NE Palace Bar told the sergeant that an erratic motorist had driven away after striking a vehicle parked at the intersection of Lowry and University Avenues.

He noticed a silver Scion driving slowly on Lowry, that appeared to be damaged and had an air bag deployed. Officers followed the car until it stopped in a parking lot, halfway on a sidewalk. A woman, later identified as Ford, exited the vehicle unsteady on her feet and smelling strongly of alcohol, according to the charges.

As police approached her, Ford began “hysterically crying,” saying that she was a cop and she was sorry. Officers noticed that her speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot.

When asked if she needed an ambulance, Ford became hostile and yelled obscenities. “[Expletive] the police! I [expletive] hate cops and I hate that I’m a cop!” she allegedly said. “All you guys do is harass black people!”

Additional squads arrived as Ford grew increasingly agitated and refused field sobriety tests.

“[She] was belligerent and disrespectful,” the sergeant wrote in his report. “At one point, she pulled down her pants, squatted on the ground and urinated.”

She was eventually arrested and agreed to submit to a breath test, which measured her blood alcohol content at .20 nearly three hours after the crash.

Ford was booked into Hennepin County jail, where she made bail two days later.

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