DENVER (CBS4)– A veteran Denver Police Department commander has been arrested and charged with DUI and prohibited use of a firearm.

Court records show the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office arrested Denver Police Lieutenant Timothy Rusk less than a week ago.

Records indicate Rusk had a blood alcohol level of .176, nearly twice the legal limit, when he was picked up January 4th.

Rusk was released after posting a $1,000 cash bond according to court documents.

The 44-year-old Rusk is a commander for the Denver Police Department in District 4 covering southwest Denver. He has been with the department since 1991.

In 2004, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rusk for DUI although he later pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

Rusk was also arrested in 1999 and charged with felony trespassing and a weapons offense for an incident at his girlfriends house, although those charges were later dropped.

In the most recent case from Elbert County, Rusk is scheduled to next appear in court for an arraignment February 28.

CBS4 contacted Rusk by both email and phone message, but he did not respond. The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office said it would not release any of its documentation related to the DUI since the case had been filed with the district attorney’s office.

Lt. Matt Murray, an aide to Denver’s Chief of Police, told CBS4 Rusk has been moved to a desk assignment.

“We are aware of it and we have an internal affairs investigation underway,” said Murray.

– Written by Brian Maass for


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