Barely two weeks after a North Bay Village police officer was arrested for driving his squad car hammered-drunk and trying to pee during a field sobriety test, yet another Miami-area cop was arrested last night for virtually identical conduct.
According to a police report obtained by New Times, Officer Adrian Jesus Valle of the Miami Police Department (MPD) was arrested for a DUI at 8 a.m. yesterday after other officers say they watched him leave a strip club in a white Dodge Charger. The report says Valle blew through a red light, needlessly switched on his police emergency lights, and refused to take a breathalyzer test once stopped.
Via email, an MPD spokesperson said Valle has been suspended without pay. According to MPD's most recent union contract, refusing to submit to a drug or alcohol screening is "grounds for termination" and cops who do so are suspended without pay as the department determines whether they should be fired.
According to the arrest report, police say they were working undercover outside Playmates Club near Coconut Grove at 3:44 a.m. when they saw Valle leave the premises with an unidentified man. The two left in a white Dodge Charger driven by Valle.
The cops say they then watched Valle drive westbound on Shipping Avenue and travel at a pace "well under the posted speed limit of 40 mph." The officers say the car kept changing lanes without signaling. Eventually, the cops tried to pull over the Dodge, but they say Valle activated his police emergency lights "to avoid the traffic stop" for two blocks before eventually pulling over.
The cops who responded say they noticed Valle's eyes were glassy and he smelled of alcohol. When the officers ordered Valle out of the car, they say, he kept swaying and had to steady himself on the hood of his car.
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At 4:16 a.m., a traffic homicide investigator arrived to conduct a field sobriety test. Valle allegedly refused.
"I'm sorry," he reportedly told the cops who had stopped him. "I fucked up. I know I fucked up."
The cops then put him in a squad car for safekeeping. At 6:26 a.m., Valle allegedly said he needed to pee — so the cops let him relieve himself in a plastic bottle. Valle then sealed the bottle and chucked it onto the side of the road. Police later recovered the bottle as evidence, and they noted "a visual was kept on all times of the bottle."
At 8:05 a.m., Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Tommy Reyes arrived to supervise as police demanded Valle undergo a urine test. He allegedly refused and was placed under arrest. MPD's DUI unit then asked Valle to take a Breathalyzer test, which he also refused.