CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer is charged with DWI after he crashed while driving his patrol car Friday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say.
Officer Richard Andringa was legally impaired and in uniform when he crashed his marked CMPD cruiser into the wheel of a truck on North Tryon Street around 9 a.m., CMPD says.
There was minor damage in the wreck and no one was injured. According to police, Andringa submitted an alcohol test which revealed a blood alcohol content of .09.
“CMPD protocol states that on-duty officers involved in motor vehicle collisions are required to submit to an alcohol and drug assessment,” CMPD says.
In addition to DWI, Andringa is charged with operating a law enforcement vehicle after consuming alcohol.
“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,” CMPD Chief Putney said.
Andringa was hired with the department in 1988. He has been placed on administrative leave without pay. A criminal internal investigation is underway.