Surprise officer fired for allegedly driving while on depressant

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

SURPRISE, Ariz. – A police officer was fired following his arrest after a crash allegedly while driving under the influence of a nervous system depressant.

Michael Phillips, 39, a Surprise police officer of one year, was taken into custody Tuesday after he reportedly struck a school zone sign and a car with an adult and a child inside near Paradise Lane and Mountain Vista Boulevard. Neither suffered injuries as a result of the crash.

Phillips was reportedly driving his son to school at the time of the crash.

A drug recognition expert, or D.R.E., evaluated him and found the depressant after it was determined he had no alcohol in his system.

He was taken into custody and faces charges including aggravated driving while under the influence and endangerment.