Denver Police Arrest Colleague For Suspected DUI

Written by Brian Maass

DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver district attorney’s office has charged Denver police Sgt. Phillip Newton with DUI, prohibited use of weapons and careless driving in connection with an accident Monday night in southeast Denver.

phil newton Denver Police Arrest Colleague For Suspected DUI

Phil Newton (credit: CBS)

Denver police responded to 4192 South Olive Street Monday night at about 9:35 p.m. after being called about the accident.

“He didn’t look very well at all,” said James Dugan, whose parked vehicle was hit by Newton’s Ford pickup truck.

Dugan said a firefighter who was involved told him there was a strong smell of alcohol emanating from Newton’s truck.

The 49-year-old Newton was briefly hospitalized following the accident. Newton has been with the Denver Police Department since 1987 and currently works in the property bureau.

Multiple sources say Newton refused to take a breath or blood test and was belligerent and combative during the course of the arrest.

State records show Aurora police arrested Newton August 27, 2004 for Driving Under the Influence and Careless Driving.

Denver police spokesperson Lt. Matt Murray told CBS4 “Sgt. Newton is still employed by the Denver Police Department and is not suspended and is not in a line assignment. We have not made any changes to his status or assignment.”

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Comments

One Comment

  1. Jim Freilinger says:

    To Serve and Protect!!!!

  2. Randy still loves men says:

    Good. I hope he gets prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

  3. Tax Paying Citizen says:

    Cops are human beings and make mistakes like the rest of the general public. Get over it already and stop sensationalizing every move they make! It must be a slow news day!

  4. Ms. Law abifing Citizen says:

    Yea right they are suppose to force the law and lead by example. He should get fired and criminal charges held aganist him. this isn’t the first time he was caught drinking and driving

  5. No more special treatment! says:

    Hey “Tax Paying Citizen” ..you are right , they make mistakes like the general public too. So if that is the case, then Denver Police Sgt Newton should also be charged like the general public. Two DUI’s in 7 yrs …hmmm…lets see, lose his license, possible jail time, interlock on his car. THAT’s what the general public would be looking at. Why should it be any different for him?

  6. Dwayne Smith says:

    He should be treated differently, almost 25 years of public service. Police officers have a very stressful job, high suicide and divorce rates. He might of seen some horrible things in his time and turns to alcohol for help. He might suffer from undiagnosed or untreated PTSD. We shouldn’t judge him.

    1. Clear Thinker says:

      THEN **IF** HE WAS IN SUCH A BAD STATE OF MIND & BAD EMOTIONAL STATE AT THE TIME, HE **SHOULD NOT** HAVE GOTTEN INTO HIS CAR & DRIVEN OFF INTO THE NIGHT AMONG OTHER DRIVERS ON THE ROAD.
      RE: “WE SHOULDN’T JUDGE HIM.”
      YEAH, OK, LET’S *NOT* JUDGE HIM.
      LET’S LET *THE LAW* JUDGE HIM, WHICH HE & *ALL* OF US ARE BEHOLDEN TO.
      HERE’S THE VERDICT ON WHAT HE DID: GUILTY!
      GET *REAL* — STOP BEING AN APOLOGIST FOR THIS & PERHAPS OTHER AUTHORITY FIGURES WHO IN THIS CASE DID WRONG MORALLY **AND** HE DID WRONG LEGALLY……
      SHEESH…..
      AUTHORITY-WORSHIPING SHEEP baabaa GET REAL. STAY REAL. PULEEEEZE.

  7. Tiff says:

    Good Lord! Is Dwayne Smith serious???? Must be a cop himself. I agree with the post above. He deserves to lose the license, possible jail time, interlock on his car and in addition, court fees, a probation officer, ba’s a few times a week, and a permanent record that never goes away! Gimme a break! I know people in public service too. That warrants a break on a DUI?? I want to follow this and see just what does happen to him on his SECOND DUI. What I would like to know also is, how many DUI’s has he issued??

  8. Hypocrites says:

    If anyone else were “belligerent” on the scene when cops arrived, they would be in jail! How unfair is the good old “judicial system”. Can everyone say JOKE!

  9. Chief says:

    Another day for the Irish.

  10. elmer says:

    If he does not get jail time I would definitly know Colo. is a police state! Regular people go to jail, massive fines, probation, uas, therapy! This is going to be very interesting to watch! Keep us informed!

  11. DJ LAM says:

    PHIL IS A VERY GOOD PERSON AND YES HE HAS SEEN MORE THAN WE EVER WILL IN OUR LIFE TIME. IT IS WRONG –WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES

  12. denvervet says:

    I’ll let a judge decide………..good luck mr. cop.

  13. ahelir says:

    DJ LAM…Surely you jest or…are a cop. Either way, your a joke. He is a cop, but first he is a citizen like the rest of us and the law applies to him just as it does to everyone else. In fact, it should apply to him in a higher respect, he has been given the responsibility of life or death by his position. A drunk driver is bad enough, but a drunk with a gun?? He should be charged with the maximum possible law, and given the maximum possible sentance if convicted.

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