Interim Aurora Police Department Chief Vanessa Wilson on Monday announced the firing of an officer who was involved in a hit-and-run crash last summer while intoxicated, the fourth officer to get in trouble because of impaired driving in the past 15 months.
“Today, I terminated the employment of Officer Joshua Teeples,” she stated on the department’s blog Monday. “The actions and decisions made by my officers, whether on-duty or off, always need to reflect the professionalism that APD, City Officials and Aurora residents expect of them.”
Teeples, who started working as an Aurora cop in June 2017, was arrested in August after he crashed his silver Nissan Armada into another vehicle near the intersection of Plum Creek Parkway and Interstate 25 in Castle Rock.
Police said he left the scene without talking to authorities, according to reporting from the Aurora Sentinel. The newspaper said Teeples pleaded guilty in February to misdemeanor DUI and a pair of traffic charges.
Teeples, who was off-duty at the time of the collision, was placed on restricted duty while the department conducted an internal affairs investigation. The Chiefs Review Board recommended he be fired, Wilson said. An Independent Review Board, comprised of community and sworn department members, unanimously agreed on the termination decision, she said.
Wilson also fired Officer Jaired Dozier in April, after he allegedly drove his car off-duty into a tree while intoxicated in a residential neighborhood in Colorado Springs. Police said he was driving 55 mph in a 25 mph zone on March 17, when he struck a vehicle parked on the side of the road, a mailbox, a school zone sign and a fence before crashing head-on into a tree.
As a new officer, Dozier was still on probation at the time of the collision and could not appeal his termination, Wilson said.
Two other Aurora police officers made headlines after similar incidents. Officer Nate Meier passed out drunk in his department car while working on March 29, 2019. Meier was not fired by the previous police chief and did not face a criminal investigation.
Another officer, Annette Brook, was arrested last June after crashing her car while driving drunk on C-470 near Lucent Boulevard. She pleaded guilty in January to charges of driving under the influence and prohibited use of a weapon while drunk and was sentenced to home detention. She has since retired.
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