Joe Arpaio's Alleged DUI-Deputies: Lieutenant Aaron Brown and Detective Stephen Palmer
|MCSO Special Victims Unit detective Stephen Palmer faces extreme DUI charges in Phoenix City Court|
Brown complied and was questioned by the two officers.
"Both of us know that from here on out, I have a lot to explain, whether anything happened or not," Brown is quoted telling officers in the report. "I get to pay in my career [sic] whether anything happened or not.
"[P]ut yourself in my position. You're a Lieutenant. You're the commander of the training division. You're sitting here on the curb in front of your house talking to police officers who are talking about your fiancee possibly setting fire in some sort of establishment. You don't think that's going to affect you? Think about it."
You can't make this stuff up. It could almost be a George Jones tune.
"There's no easy way out of it. You know you're S.O.L. That's what I'm trying to explain and you know that too," he says.
Werhnyak writes, "Brown also said that he has been through a lot in his career."
About this time, Werhnyak "observed the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from [Brown's] breath."
Another officer describes Brown's eyes as "bloodshot and watery." Brown admits to drinking five 12 ounce beers at the bar over a three and a-half hour period.
The officer administers several field sobriety tests. Let's just say Brown does not pass with flying colors.
Brown's then arrested and taken to a Tempe DUI van where he submits to the breath tests, and ultimately blows .105 and .104, according to the report.
But that's not before Brown apparently tries ye ole burping technique, wherein someone so nabbed burps before the breath test in an attempt to cause further delay and mess up the results.
Brown belches, and the testing officer asks Brown not to burp, to which he replies, "That might be hard, my life is flashing before my eyes."
The officer threatens to have his blood drawn instead.
"Aaron stated he would stop burping," reads the report. "He never burped again during the process."
Brown was charged with one count of DUI, one count of DUI with a BAC greater than .08 and failure to stop at a stop sign. The cops released him to his mother. He has a pre-trial conference scheduled for March 19.
The charges against Palmer, who is assigned to the Special Victims Unit (aka, sex crimes), are more serious. On September 9, 2012, Phoenix cops found him, according to the police report, "passed out" in the driver's seat of his truck, with the engine still running, and the front wheel up on a curve.