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Report: Boulder Police Officer Told Fellow Officer ‘I’m Drunk’

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Elizabeth Ward (credit: Boulder Police)

Elizabeth Ward (credit: Boulder Police)

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)- A Boulder police officer told a fellow officer, who noticed her pulled over on the side of the road, “I’m drunk.”

Officer Elizabeth Ward was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on Tuesday.

According to a police report, Ward, 36, was driving on Tuesday along Interstate 25 in Thornton when she pulled over to the side of the road.

She was reportedly driving 40 mph in a 60 mph zone and swerving in between lanes before she pulled over on her own.

A fellow officer who noticed she had pulled over asked her why she stopped.

According to the report, Ward replied, “I’m drunk.”

The officer attempted to give her a field sobriety test but Ward replied, “No, I’m not going to be able to do it.”

Ward is the second Boulder police officer to be arrested for suspicion of DUI in the past month.

Detective Scott Morris was arrested on Nov. 15. According to the police report, he was driving 76 mph in a 55 mph zone on U.S. Hwy. 36 near Middle Fork Road.

Some of the arresting deputies recognized Morris, 40, from previous stops. They indicated in the report that he had been pulled over 44 times in the past several years.

Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner was quoted in the Daily Camera, “Just one incident would have me concerned so having two is very concerning.”

An internal investigation is under way. Both Ward and Morris have been placed on administrative leave.

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