CMPD officer in charge of DWI accused of rearing a car on I-77 in south Charlotte

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An off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has been charged with drunk driving after police said he drove behind another car on southbound Interstate 77 in southern Charlotte early Saturday.

Officer Marsaun Cook was arrested after members of the CMPD DWI task force administered sobriety tests and determined there was probable cause to charge the 32-year-old officer, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department press release.

Officers smelled alcohol when they arrived at the scene at Arrowood Road just before 3am, police said.

Cook was driving his personal vehicle, according to CMPD.

No one was injured in the wreckage, police said.

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Cook will be placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of a CMPD Internal Affairs investigation, the release said.

According to CMPD, Cook was hired on February 20, 2017 and has been assigned to the Education Outreach & Youth Services Division as a school resource officer at Olympic High School.

Driver wrecked police cars, charged with DWI

As officers arrived at the scene, another driver crashed into three marked CMPD vehicles, seriously damaging two of them, police said. There were no officers in the vehicles.

State Highway Patrol troopers later arrested and charged that driver with DWI, according to CMPD. The driver’s name was not available on Saturday.

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No one was injured in the second accident, police said.

CMPD chief responds to incident

On Twitter, CMPD chief Johnny Jennings said he holds its employees accountable for their decisions.

“I will not tolerate decisions that violate the law, endanger the public and undermine public trust,” Jennings said.

“Any time one of our members falls short of that expectation, violating our standards and internal culture, we own it and take immediate steps to ensure that the trust and credibility we have built is not compromised “, he said.

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Officer in charge of DWI from I-277

On December 7, Jennings announced the arrest of another officer charged with DWI, 14-year veteran CMPD officer Peter Lombardo.

Lombardo was off duty when he was found in his squad car along the grassy shoulder of an Interstate 277 exit ramp, Jennings said.

Lombardo had a blood alcohol content of .17, more than twice the legal driving limit in the state, Jennings said. The officer who saw the car at the 12th Street exit just before 3 a.m. conducted a breath test on Lombardo, according to a police press release.