Fabian Cota, Mesa Police Association President, Busted for Public Drunkenness in San Diego, Police Say

 

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Fabian Cota, president of the Mesa Police Association, spent four hours in a San Diego drunk tank over the weekend, police say.
​Javier Fabian Cota, president of the Mesa Police Association, spent four hours in a drunk tank over the weekend following a run-in with cops in San Diego's Gaslamp district.

We reached Sergeant Cota, who also serves as a vice president of the state Arizona Police Association, on the phone this morning -- but he wouldn't talk about what happened.

"No, I didn't get anything," he says coyly after being asked if he received a ticket or any other kind of notice of violation. "I just went down to San Diego to attend a wedding."

Must have been a heck of a shin-dig.

Mesa police received notification from their San Diego brothers early Saturday morning, reporting that Cota had been "arrested for public intoxication," Sergeant Ed Wessing tells us.

Technically speaking, says Detective Gary Hassen of the San Diego police department, Cota wasn't arrested -- though, "obviously, he made contact" with police at some point during the evening. Hassen couldn't confirm whether police had made contact with Cota directly, or whether someone called the cops due to any boisterous behavior by union representative.

Because he wasn't "combative," he was just taken by cops to a "detox" station, where he was forced to spend a minimum of four hours, Hassen says.

The incident that proceeded the trip to "detox" occurred at 600 Fifth Avenue, in the downtown Gaslamp district.

Wessing says Cota could have faced charges had he not agreed to the drunk-tank treatment or walked out before his four hours was up. Mesa PD put Cota on "administrative functions," pending an investigation.

Cota's still on disciplinary probation due to the findings of an internal investigation related to his work in the union, Wessing reports.

The department found that he'd failed to accurately report how he'd obtained a list of internal police e-mail addresses that had been used in a union campaign, according to a recent article in the Arizona Republic.

In the above article, Cota also refers to stress over a strained relationship with Stacy Dillon, the owner of a PR firm that represents the Mesa Police Association.

Dillon tells New Times she knew nothing about the weekend incident in San Diego.

Cota's certainly off to another stressful week. 

 

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Mary Frances Prevost
Mary Frances Prevost

 Sgt. Cota has filed a federal lawsuit against SDPD.  In the past year some 12 cops have been arrested for misdemeanor and felony crime, including sexual assault and rape. One of Cota's arresting officer, Ariel Savage, is pending ANOTHER federal police brutality lawsuit. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/new...

Doug
Doug

Why does the newspaper only print one side--the angle that makes Mesa look good? Bill Richardson, journalist shares a desk in the City Manager's building where Brady just hands him already written what he wants him to print! How convenient! Funny how you never get the cop's side! Why? Because they are not allowed to talk to the public--so when Brady smears them in the newspaper and claims because of the newspaper article that he spoon fed Bill, the cop is making the Mesa Dept look bad he uses that excuse to tell the Police Chief to fire the cop and demote him! The City Manager needs to let the Police Chief run his own dept and maybe the Police Chief would do the right thing! So what do you get when you have the City Manager and the Mayor who are best friends and a puppet for a Police Chief = a very corrupt city! Before judging a person by a newspaper article that only depicts one side demand to know what the cover up is--Council Members & Citizens of the community have a right to know --attend a meeting and ask questions it's your tax dollars!

10SBRAT
10SBRAT

It all stems back to the City Manager Chris Brady and the Mayor Scott Smith trying to conceal 100+million dollars. They say Mesa doesn't have money to pay cops so they cut the force from 800 cops to 50 cops in 2 years but Mesa has 1.5 million dollars to swing for a wave pool at Rhodes Junior High in Dobson Ranch--an old school at that! What's wrong with this picture? I'll tell you--Sergeant Cota called Brady on it and now Brady is looking for a way to get rid of Sergeant Cota. The Police Chief, is just a puppet to Brady and so what do you have no one doing the right thing!

tdhurst
tdhurst

You have to party pretty hard to be cited for public drunkenness. Especially if you're a cop. Damn.

davemclaughlin
davemclaughlin

This guy can't get a break. So he drank a lil' for a wedding.  Who cares?  I'd drink a lot too if I was a cop and had to work in ghetto Mesa.

Mistalee
Mistalee

RU KIDDIN? He got taken into custody for public drunkenness and yet wasn't charge. I'd call that a hell of a break. 

The Snoid
The Snoid

this guy is more proof to never trust a clean cut short haired male.

Jim
Jim

 you got that right once again you 60s rebel.

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