On-duty Charlotte police officer charged with drunk driving

An Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was arrested Friday for being impaired by alcohol while on the job, the department confirmed Friday afternoon.

Officer Richard Andringa was on patrol Friday morning when he crashed his cruiser into a truck while in the 5600 block of North Tryon Street and Arrowhead Drive, according to CMPD. Officer Andringa was arrested for driving while impairied after he was found to have blood alcohol level of .09. 

“Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are expected to conduct themselves to the highest professional standards and will be held accountable when they fail to do so. At no time will this department tolerate behavior that violates the law or our community’s trust," Chief Putney said in a released statement. He is expected to address the media Friday afternoon. Fox 46 News mobile app users can click here to watch that news conference live.

There was no damage to the truck and the driver did not report any injuries.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department said it is standard protocol to test the blood alcohol level of any on-duty police officer involved in a crash.

Officer Andringa has been on the force since 1988 and was more recently assigned to patrol in the North Tryon Division. He has been placed on administrative leave without pay and is the subject of an ongoing criminal and internal investigation.

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