04-28-2010, 11:14 AM #1Former Member
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NJ - Two Of Our Finest Police Officers Hard At Work
Jersey cop still on the force despite repeated stops for drinking and driving
Published: Sunday, April 25, 2010
TRENTON — It had all the makings of a routine motor vehicle stop. Police officer Ronald Gorneau spotted a silver Toyota swerving and pulled it over. The driver, Sheila McKaig, admitted she had drunk “a lot” before getting behind the wheel, according to the incident report.
Then she told Gorneau she was a state trooper, and the stop in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County, was no longer routine. Instead of being charged, McKaig was driven to the township’s police station, where fellow troopers picked her up.
It was not an isolated incident. In fact, it was the third time in three months in early 2008 that an off-duty McKaig was stopped by Hamilton police after drinking, according to a State Police document. Each time no blood-alcohol test was given, no charges were filed and no ticket was written. Today McKaig is still on the road as a state trooper, a position she has held for nine years.
All told, McKaig was stopped 10 times for various offenses over a 14-month period, but she has never received a traffic ticket in New Jersey, according to police records and a spokeswoman for the state judiciary.
The file on McKaig’s motor vehicle stops was part of State Police disciplinary records requested by The Star-Ledger and provided by the Office of Administrative Law. The incident report was obtained from Hamilton Township police under the state’s Open Public Records Act.
Officer Investigated Over Online Photo
Photos Shows Uniformed Officer Sleeping On The Job
POSTED: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
UPDATED: 10:55 am EDT April 28, 2010
DETROIT -- A photo of a Detroit Police officer is getting the department a lot of negative attention.
An internet posting shows what appears to be a uniformed officer sleeping on the job.
The photo surfaced on an urban website and the caption read, “This is how they gets down in the D.”
It’s unclear when the photo was taken, but the police department has launched an investigation to sort it all out.
“We learned of the picture over the weekend and immediately began investigating,” said Detroit police spokesperson John Roach.
Police administration told Local 4 the officer works at the 8th Precinct in Northwest Detroit.
Investigators said he works as a patrol officer at the 8th Precinct. They expect to discus the photo with the officer following union protocol.
“He has rights like anybody else does,” said Roach. “He has the right to have some union representation with him.”
Some Detroiters are upset over the photo. “I think it’s kind of messed up,” said Detroit resident Paris Rankin. “If he’s sleeping like that in public, we don’t need him out there.”
Others have mixed feelings about what they saw. “He could be sick,” said Patricia Carpenter of Detroit. “I wouldn’t rush to pass judgment on him.”
The officer’s colleagues describe him to Local 4 as a good employee who often works double shifts.
Investigators could release more information later this week.
04-28-2010, 11:23 AM #2Registered User
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How the he!! does McKaig have the authority to stop or arrest me or anyone for the very offensive she is guilty of?? So much hypocracy. (I've never had a DUI... just sayin)
04-28-2010, 11:50 AM #3
This is not in the least unusual. I can't tell you how many times I have heard about these exact things. My personal experience is that my father used to drive severely drunk on a very regular basis. He was stopped a number of times, but they would never arrest him because my mom was a cop. I also used to go to work with my mom sometimes, who worked straight midnights for many years. We would always meet up with other cops to "hoodle". One rookie would have to stay awake to listen for radio calls. You literally wouldn't believe what they are up to at night.
04-28-2010, 07:09 PM #4
You're from Aberdeen so you may appreciate this. My parents were on their way home from Atlantic City. Neither of them drank. It was early in the morning to be coming home as they had won they kept playing.
Long story short they get pulled over. My mom figures anyone driving around with a Dallas Cowboy vanity plate over in Jersey may be stopped for that. LOL My dad was not speeding. Anyway they go through the motions. My dad gets out his license and paperwork and they see the gold shield. The Trooper was like "Oh you're a Detective over in Philly why didn't you say something?"
My dad's reply? Why? Why should that make a difference?
There's no excuse for any of that behavior Riddix posted. I've seen that loyalty with cops but not for someone's safety being at risk. In all hoesty they've been on the ball over here since some cop repeatedly was in trouble on and off duty for ummmmmm excecising his rights to bear arms when neighborhood kids beat his kid up and such. He murdered a young man. Off duty. Fight. It's too late for that poor kid.
Sorry, just wanted to recant my own experience.
04-28-2010, 07:15 PM #5
I'd be willing to give the sleeping cop a pass, as long as he wakes up to respond when he is needed. But that drunk driving woman needs to be off the roads, NOW. What are they going to do, wait until she injures someone? Kills someone?? I think every single police officer who pulled her over and did not test and arrest her should be arrested, too, for failing to uphold the law. Their lack of proper action has repeatedly endangered the innocent citizens of that area!
04-29-2010, 05:02 AM #6
Filly - My mom was a D.C. cop and my dad was a D.C. firefighter. My mom was a good cop though and loved her job. I just heard some stories after she retired that really disturbed me. As far as my dad goes, my mom would rather that they arrested him. He is the one that would pull the cop card and there was nothing she could do about it. They would bring him home and take her to go get his vehicle. He needed to go to jail. There were many times that I was in the car with him. I can't begin to explain my utter terror as he drove all over the road. When I found out years later that he had been stopped numerous times I was so angry I couldn't even speak. It is literally a true miracle that he never killed anyone. Had we not lived in a very rural area, I've no doubt he would have. This is why I have never been drunk in my life and rarely will even have a glass of wine.
Last edited by Belinda; 04-29-2010 at 05:04 AM.
04-29-2010, 05:19 AM #7
Well, I dunno about the alleged sleeping cop. It's a snapshot of a fraction of a second. If it was a video of a snoring person it would be more compelling evidence. Who knows if he's even sleeping, people close their eyes for other reasons too.
04-29-2010, 06:01 AM #8
D, I was thinking similar. Like he's still got his shoes on, right? No blanket or Baby Bop stuffed animal and his pillow.
I think we all agree especially after Belinda was good enough to share that indeed that police officer drunk off her tail needs to be locked up and everyone who let her go should face punishment.