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2 off-duty Oakland County deputies arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

Off-duty deputy rear-ended 70-year-old woman's vehicle, Sheriff's Office says

PONTIAC, Mich. – Two off-duty Oakland County Sheriff's deputies were arrested Thursday on suspicion of drunk driving after being involved in a crash in Pontiac. 

In a statement, the Sheriff's Office said one of the off-duty deputies rear-ended a 70-year-old woman's vehicle on University Drive near Paddock Street. When investigators got to the scene, "it was apparent" that both off-duty deputies had been drinking, the Sheriff's Office said. 

The woman was treated at a hospital and released. 

Both off-duty deputies also had handguns on them, the Sheriff's Office said. 

The driver was arrested on charges of operating while impaired and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. The passenger was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm while intoxicated. 

Pending the results of blood-alcohol tests, the case will be turned over to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. 

"This is completely unacceptable on more levels than I can list," Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said. "Law enforcement is held to a higher standard. They have violated the public’s trust and will be held accountable for their inexcusable actions."

Bouchard said both deputies have been with the department for fewer than two years, and have been suspended. 

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