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TPD officer facing termination over DUI

Tucson Police Department have terminated a four-year veteran Officer Lynsey Coutts who was arrested as a result of an on-duty DUI.

TPD officer facing termination over DUI

CREATED May 22, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Four-year veteran Officer Lynsey Coutts, arrested as a result of an on-duty DUI, is facing possible termination from the Tucson Police Department.

Sgt. Maria Hawke tells KGUN9 the investigation began the morning of May 22.

Since March 2012 Coutts had been subject to a contract, known as conditions of continued employment, to address concerns about her use of alcohol.  One of the conditions imposed in the agreement prohibited the presence of alcohol in her system during a scheduled work shift, said Hawke.

Officer Coutts was scheduled to begin work at 9:00 a.m. on May 22. However, she spoke on the phone with a supervisor at approximately 9:20 a.m., advising that she was driving fast on Interstate 10 and feared colliding with other vehicles, said Hawke. Her supervisor successfully convinced her to exit the freeway and stop. Coutts pulled off at the Avra Valley exit and police immediately responded to the Avra Valley exit of Interstate 10.

When officers arrived at her location, they located Coutts in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and noticed she was exhibiting signs and symptoms of possible alcohol intoxication.

The Department of Public Safety was requested and responded.  They conducted a DUI investigation, placing Coutts under arrest for various charges associated with driving under the
influence.

At the conclusion of the DPS investigation, Tucson Police personnel conducted an administrative
Preliminary Breath Test (PBT), determining that Coutts had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.235. 

The agreement Coutts reached specified the penalty for violating any of the conditions of the agreement was discharge from employment with the City of Tucson.

Coutts was served with a Notice of Intent to Terminate on the afternoon of May 22.