Kansas Cop Faces Slew of Charges After Drunk Car Crash

A Kansas police officer is in hot water this week and faces a slew of charges after crashing his pick up truck into a utility pole while driving drunk.

Derek Butters, 23, was allegedly driving drunk when he crashed into a utility pole in the city of Ottawa late Monday night. He was not on duty at the time and was not wearing his uniform.

“I was in bed watching TV when my husband and I heard a loud boom that almost sounded like an explosion,” Ottawa resident Jennifer Blanton told FOX 4 News.

According to KCTV, Butters crashed his Dodge Ram pick up truck into a telephone pole on the 200 block of East 15th Street around 10:30 pm Monday. Officers were on the scene moments later. The crash caused significant damage to the utility pole, and Butters suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash.

Local residents are disappointed that an officer in their police department would be involved in an accident like this.

“My wife told me a cop did it and I was like what?! No way,” Tim Blanton said.

“I just think it’s sad. They’re supposed to be role models in the community. I think he sure is lucky that he survived,” Jennifer Blanton added.

Butters was arrested under suspicion of DUI. Driving drunk refers to a person operating a motor vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol to the point where his or her cognitive or physical abilities are impaired as a result. He also faces a number of other charges, including texting while driving, duty to report, and no proof of insurance.

His bond was set at $2,900, which he paid. Officers facing DUI charges are not always convicted, but for the time being, Butters has been placed on administrative leave.


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