What is it with off-duty Portland police officers these days? It seems
they are getting into trouble left and right. The latest story involves
Portland police offers Sean Sothern, who was arrested in Tillamook County
for allegedly driving drunk and then attempting to escape police. Oh,
yes, and because his wife was in the car with him, he has also been charged
with reckless endangerment.He was off duty at the time of the incident.
According to the Tillamook County Sheriff’s office, a sheriff’s
deputy attempted to pull Sothern over just after midnight for some traffic
violations, such as failing to signal. Sothern ignored the deputy’s
flashing lights and continued to drive. The sheriff’s deputy followed
for a mile or two, then Sothern drove into an RV Park and turned off his
lights, hoping to lose the deputy. He was not successful, as the deputy
followed him in. Sothern refused to take a breath test at the site. He
was arrested but is currently out on bail.
Sothern is the fourth off-duty Portland officer who has been caught driving
under the influence in the past 9 months. I don’t know if this is
a pattern, but I don’t think it’s a good sign. I realize being
a police officer is stressful, but there are better ways of dealing with
stress. Maybe the police bureau should offer yoga classes!
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