Retired Las Vegas police officer arrested for DWI and battery
A retired deputy chief with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was arrested after a traffic incident on Tuesday night.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A retired deputy chief with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was arrested after a traffic incident on Tuesday night.
According to a report released Wednesday, 59-year-old Carl Fruge was on his motorcycle at a bank on North Durango Drive near U.S. 95 when he was involved in a collision in the parking lot with a Honda CRV.
The crash was witnessed by Frank DeMartino, a captain with the North Las Vegas Police Department.
DeMartino, who was on duty but in plain clothes, pulled into the parking lot to provide assistance in the exchange of information since the crash happened on private property.
Fruge challenged DeMartino's authority even after the captain had identified himself. Fruge became further upset and, believing that DeMartino had his license, grabbed the captain by the neck and began squeezing.
Fruge then told DeMartino to give him his license or he would "punch him in the face."
The police captain was able to place a call to 911 and requested back up from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Fruge was arrested at the scene for driving while intoxicated and battery on a protected person.
The driver of the Honda and another person also provided witness statements to the incident.