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Former Boulder Police Officer Pleads Guilty In DUI Case

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Elizabeth Ward (credit: Boulder Police)

Elizabeth Ward (credit: Boulder Police)

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A former Boulder DUI enforcement officer pleaded guilty on Wednesday to driving drunk.

A judge sentenced Elizabeth Ward, 46, on Wednesday to 10 days of in-home detention, one year of probation and 24 hours of community service. She also must pay a fine.

When Ward was arrested in December her blood alcohol level tested at .28, more than three times the legal limit.

Ward’s attorney explained that her client hadn’t had a drink in months if not close to a year before she drank too much too quickly on that day and pulled her vehicle over on Interstate 25 in Thornton. He explained that she stopped on the interstate because she realized she was too drunk to drive. 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 police report in the case, 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 was leaving the courthouse with her mother and father by her side Wednesday morning when she told a CBS4 crew she was sorry for her actions.

The Boulder Police Department says Ward resigned from the force in February.

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