Audio of drunk cop arrested and tased after falling asleep in car

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Audio tapes of Officer Seth Castillo's DUI arrest. By Alicia Barron Audio tapes of Officer Seth Castillo's DUI arrest. By Alicia Barron
Audio tapes of Officer Seth Castillo's DUI arrest. By Alicia Barron Audio tapes of Officer Seth Castillo's DUI arrest. By Alicia Barron
Audio tapes of Officer Seth Castillo's DUI arrest. By Alicia Barron Audio tapes of Officer Seth Castillo's DUI arrest. By Alicia Barron
Audio tapes of Officer Seth Castillo's DUI arrest. By Alicia Barron Audio tapes of Officer Seth Castillo's DUI arrest. By Alicia Barron
Audio tapes of Officer Seth Castillo's DUI arrest. By Alicia Barron Audio tapes of Officer Seth Castillo's DUI arrest. By Alicia Barron

GILBERT – New audio tapes released could portray a disturbing picture of the mental state of a Phoenix police officer who was arrested for drunk driving and tased for being belligerent.

Gilbert police say they found the officer drunk and passed out on his steering wheel on his way home from a McDonald's trip. The police officer works for the Phoenix Police Department.

In early January at about 10 a.m. he had supposedly just finished a shift, downed a couple of beers and went out driving.

In an audio recording of the incident Officer Seth Castillo can be heard talking to a Gilbert police officer who just woke him up who asks him to step out of the car.

Officer Castillo was supposedly driving home after a drunken trip to McDonald's and photos show his breakfast on the floor of his Jeep.

Castillo passed out while eating it at an intersection near his home. The Gilbert police officer that found him had to shake him several times to get him to wake up.

When Castillo would not cooperate, the Gilbert police officer was forced to fire his stun gun. The Gilbert officer called for back-up and that is when Castillo informed him he was a cop. The Gilbert officer can be heard saying, “That’s fine. I don’t care if you’re a cop right now. You’re not following my orders and you’re telling me you’re going to kill me."

Castillo told police he had polished off two 24-ounce cans of beer. He had a blood alcohol content of point .173.

Despite having a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit he tells everybody he just wants to go to work. 

Castillo was supposedly also under the influence of Ritalin. He is still working on the force. An internal investigation will start after the criminal case is over.

Phoenix police released the following statement on March 4 after receiving numerous calls from the media inquiring as to why Castillo was not placed on administrative leave:

“Maintaining the trust and confidence of the community is paramount for the success of the Phoenix Police Department.  Misconduct, on or off duty erodes that trust, which is crucial for us to effectively serve the community and it is unacceptable. 
 
Current Phoenix Police Department policy does not mandate that officers be placed on administrative leave for all incidents of misconduct, when an internal investigation is being conducted.  With infractions such as this, the decision whether or not to place an officer on administrative leave is made by the individual officer’s chain of command.  This policy is currently under review.”