Police sergeant arrested
April 24, 2009
A veteran South Lake Tahoe police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence last week.
A Nevada Highway Patrol officer stopped Sgt. Jeff Reagan in Carson City at about 4:10 a.m. on April 16, said Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Chuck Allen.
The officer stopped Reagan near the intersection of Highway 50 and Saliman Road for allegedly driving 54 mph in a 35 mph zone, Allen said. Reagan ” who was off-duty ” was driving westbound in a white 2006 Dodge pickup truck at the time of the stop, Allen said.
During the stop, the officer noticed an “obvious” odor of alcohol coming Reagan and administered three field sobriety tests, according to Allen. Reagan failed all three and was booked into Carson City Detention Facility without incident, Allen said.
Preliminary tests indicated Reagan’s blood alcohol content was about 0.12 percent ” 1 1/2 times the legal limit, Allen said.
Reagan “a sergeant in the police department’s detective division ” told Nevada Highway Patrol officers he was returning from a relative’s house east of Carson City at the time of the traffic stop, Allen said.
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An e-mail from City Manager David Jinkens to City Council members on April 16 said Police Chief Terry Daniels placed Reagan on administrative leave following his arrest.
Daniels has also launched an internal affairs investigation into the matter, Jinkens said in the e-mail. The message instructed council members to refer all questions from the media about the incident to City Attorney Catherine DiCamillo.
A message left on Reagan’s voice mail at the police department Wednesday morning was not immediately returned.
South Lake Tahoe police Capt. Martin Hewlett also declined to comment on the incident, citing section 832.7(a) of the California Penal Code, which limits the release of information in police officer personnel records during criminal and civil proceedings.
Penalties associated with a first-time conviction of driving under the influence in Nevada typically include various legal fees, a 90-day driver’s license suspension and a requirement to carry extra vehicle insurance, Allen said.
Total costs associated with a DUI conviction can reach as high as $10,000 Allen said.
Reagan’s arrest was not his first involving alcohol.
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies said they smelled alcohol on Reagan when they responded to an August 2005 incident at the South Lake Tahoe police officer’s Minden home, according to newspaper articles published at the time.
Deputies responded to the home on Aug. 9 after Reagan’s wife and son accused him of pushing her out the back door with such force that she landed on the lawn 10 feet away, according to the articles.
Reagan was charged with domestic battery following the incident, but the charges were dropped in November 2005.
East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl dismissed the charge after Reagan’s wife said she was partially responsible for the incident and felt pressured by sheriff’s deputies to make her initial statements.
At the time, EnEarl said the charge was dropped because the state was unable to prove the allegations.
EnEarl had initially ordered Reagan to abstain from the use or possession alcohol following his August 2005 arrest, but the order was lifted when the charge was dismissed.
” Record Courier reporter Sheila Gardner contributed to this story.