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Off-duty Cop Arrested for Driving Drunk with Child

A Milwaukee police sergeant finds himself on the wrong side of the law after being arrested for OWI in Fond du Lac County.

Squad car video was released of John Corbett allegedly driving drunk around Fond du Lac County with his 13-year-old daughter in the vehicle.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department says the dashcam video shows Corbett swerving on the road late last month.

Corbett, a 15-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department is on administrative duty following his arrest near Taycheedah.

He faces a misdemeanor charge of OWI with a passenger under 16 years old as well as being cited for failure to take a test for intoxication after his arrest.

In the early morning hours of November 21st, a Fond du Lac County sheriff's deputy noticed a car swerving in its lane. The deputy stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Highway 151 and County Road K.

Behind the wheel was John Corbett, who the deputy identified through his drivers license and Milwaukee Police Department ID.

The deputy who pulled Corbett over says Corbett told her he'd been hunting and was driving some friends home.

"How much did you say you had to drink?" the deputy asks him on the video.

"I had one beer," Corbett answers.

"You had more than one beer," the deputy says.

"I'm trying to get these drunks home."

"OK. How much did you really have to drink?"

"Probably two," Corbett says.

Video from the deputy's dashboard camera shows her taking Corbett through a field sobriety test.

As Corbett does the toe-to-heel walk, he stumbles at least once.

The deputy's report says at one point during the test she discontinued it because she worried about Corbett's safety.

The deputy arrested Corbett.

"You are under arrest for OWI," the deputy tells him.

"OK," he replies.

"Turn around, face your vehicle, put your hands behind your back for me."

After placing Corbett under arrest, the deputy dealt with the three passengers in his vehicle, including his 13-year-old daughter who was in the front passenger seat.

During all of this, Corbett's daughter was in the front passenger seat.

According to the police report, the girl told deputies she was initially driving the vehicle because everyone else had been drinking. It was only after she made a wrong turn and became lost, she said, that she woke her father up and he took over at the wheel.

Corbett could spend up to six months in jail if convicted of driving drunk with a child under 16 in the car.

He's scheduled to make his initial court appearance in Fond du Lac County on December 20th.

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Added: Dec-7-2010 Occurred On: Nov-21-2010
By: jbpnw
Tags: dashcam, off duty cop, drunk driving, child in car, idiot
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