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Police: Trooper Charged With Drunken Driving Had Child In Vehicle


The Hartford Courant

4:10 PM EDT, May 29, 2012


A state trooper had his 4-year-old child in the back seat of his car when he was arrested on drunken driving charges April 13 in Enfield, according to an arrest warrant.

Jeffrey Campbell was charged that night with driving under the influence.

State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said Campbell's police powers are suspended. Campbell is a sergeant assigned to Troop B in North Canaan but has been on medical leave, Vance said.

The case remained open while the arresting officer consulted with a prosecutor to see if the risk of injury charge could apply, said Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza.

"The drunk driving charge was a slam dunk, and we charged him with that immediately," he said.

A warrant charging Campbell with risk of injury was granted not long after the initial arrest, Sferrazza said.

Campbell turned himself in to police on May 11. He was released on bail, and his next court date is June 28. Campbell, 36, was in a black Mercedes, swerving on Brainard Road. He nearly struck the curb several times, the warrant states.

A police officer saw the vehicle at the entrance to a condominium complex. Campbell turned the vehicle around and attempted to exit the complex, bouncing off the curb and hitting the median before coming to a stop, the warrant states.

His child was in the back seat. Campbell appeared confused, he slurred his speech, his eyes were glassy and he smelled of alcohol, the warrant states.

He initially agreed to take a sobriety test but was unsteady on his feet. He then refused to take the test, despite several requests by a police officer.

"Do you what you have to do," he said, placing his hands behind his back. "You're a cop and you're doing your job."

His fiancée, who was at the condo complex, picked up Campbell's child and brought the child home, the warrant states.





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