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Veteran D.C. Police Captain Arrested for DUI

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A veteran police captain for the Washington, D.C. police has been arrested and charged with DUI after causing an accident in Southeast Washington.

Details about the D.C. DUI Accident

The Washington Post is reporting that a veteran captain from the D.C. police department was arrested on Sunday night and charged with driving under the influence after causing an accident in the southeast area of Washington, according to a spokesman from the police department.

The police captain, Paul Shelton, has worked for the department for almost 30 years and was assigned to the 7th District station. Shelton has since had his police powers revoked, according to the spokesman. According to authorities, Shelton was off-duty at the time of the accident and in his personal vehicle when he was apprehended.

The accident happened at about 9:40 p.m. on the 2300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, near the intersection of Interstate 295.

A police spokesman said that Shelton’s vehicle hit another car from behind, which caused that vehicle to hit another vehicle. One of the vehicles involved in the accident belonged to the U.S. Government.

No major injuries were reported, but Shelton was issued a citation. Citations are routine for DUI cases if there are no deaths or major injuries involved in the accident.

Important Information about DUI Accidents

According to Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD):

  • The average drunk driver has driven drunk about 80 times before being arrested the first time.
  • The only thing that can help a person become sober is time – coffee, cold showers, or exercising don’t work to sober up quickly.
  • Anywhere from 50 to 75 percent of drivers who have been convicted of driving drunk will continue to drive on a suspended license.


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