Police lieutenant cited for DUI after single-car accident

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Glendale police Lt. Rachel Bousman By Catherine Holland Glendale police Lt. Rachel Bousman By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A Glendale police lieutenant is under investigation in the wake of a DUI citation after a minor single-car wreck in Phoenix.

That lieutenant has been identified as Rachel Bousman. It happened at about 1:15 a.m. Friday at Seventh Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

"A witness reported a single vehicle accident with a car stuck on a parking block," said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump in a media advisory sent out Tuesday morning.

Bousman was behind the wheel of that car. When they talked to her, officers learned she was an off-duty police lieutenant for the city of Glendale. They also developed a suspicion that she might have been impaired at the time of the wreck.

Crump said Bousman, 39, was cited for DUI and released.

He also said that per standard procedure, a blood draw was conducted to determine Bousman's BAC (blood alcohol content). Crump said those result would be released "at a later date."

In Arizona, which has some of the toughest DUI laws in the country, a BAC of 0.08 is considered impaired as set out in Chapter 4 of Title 28 (28-1381) of the ARS.

A first-time DUI conviction in Arizona carries a sentence of a minimum of 10 days in jail, which may be partially waived by a judge if the defendant completes a court-ordered education program. It also carries a fine of at least $250 and requires an ignition interlock device in the offender's vehicle.

Subsequent convictions carry harsher sentences and fines.

Glendale police confirmed Friday's DUI incident, but declined to comment further, saying only that Bousman, a 14-year veteran of the force, is now on paid administrative leave and an internal investigation is under way. Both are standard procedure when an officer's alleged actions come into question legally.