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A Denver sheriff’s deputy who drove home drunk from a party for the sheriff and a Denver police officer will serve unpaid suspensions for crashing their cars while driving drunk.
Denver sheriff Sgt. Jerry Sherrod will lose 14 days of work for driving drunk and flipping his car while leaving an April 9 birthday party for Sheriff Elias Diggins, according to a Denver Department of Public Safety letter explaining the discipline. Sherrod’s blood-alcohol content was .13 at the time of the crash, according to the letter.
Sherrod texted Diggins about the crash and his BAC at 2:18 a.m. April 10 and the following day Diggins told him to report the crash to the department. Sherrod reported the crash to the sheriff’s department on April 11 and Diggins recused himself from the disciplinary proceedings, according to the letter.
Diggins acknowledged that people were drinking at his party but said he was not monitoring his guests’ consumption.
Sherrod said in an interview with Denver Sheriff’s Department investigators that he shouldn’t have driven that night.
“Sergeant Sherrod’s decision to drive his car in a compromised state involved a demonstrable risk not only to himself but to any person whom he may have encountered on his drive home,” Civilian Review Administrator Carl McEncroe wrote in the disciplinary letter.
Denver police Officer Christopher Parton crashed his car June 17 in Lakewood when his blood-alcohol content was .15 — nearly double the legal limit of .08.
He was previously given a 10-day suspension in 2021 for a different incident involving alcohol, but public safety officials agreed to not impose five of those days as long as he participated in a wellness program and did not incur more infractions.
Parton will now serve that five-day suspension because of the June 17 incident. The internal investigation into the June 17 crash remains open, for which Parton could face additional discipline.
Updated Oct. 8, 2022: This story has been updated to clarify the nature of the suspension against Denver police Officer Christopher Parton.