“I’m gonna pull him out and check his sobriety,” a police officer says, talking about a man he has pulled over.
The officer has a man pulled over on the side of a dark road for speeding -- the man was driving a minivan at 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.
The 11Alive Investigators later discovered through a combination of checking police department records and independent geographic measurement that the initial reason for the traffic stop itself was accurate. The minivan was, indeed, being driven 15 mph over the posted speed limit for that stretch of road.
“Are you on any medication, or taking any medication for anything?” the officer asks the man.
“No sir,” the driver.
“None at all?” the officer asked.
“No,” the driver replied.
“Have you had anything to drink tonight?” the officer asked him.
“Nothing at all,” he answered.
A college professor – arrested for DUI in front of his son and daughter.
“At this time, do me a favor,” the officer said. “Put your hands behind your back.”
“How old are your children?” the officer asked.
“Twelve and ten,” the man replied.
“I’m Lt. Chapman with the Garden City P.D.,” the officer told the children sitting inside the car. “Is this your dad?”
Back on the dashcam, the officer can be seen putting handcuffs on the driver.
“I’m placing you under arrest for suspicion of DUI-Less-safe, drugs – Okay?” the officer said.
“Well, he’s being placed under arrest right now,” the officer could be heard telling the kids. “And I’ll explain everything to your mom.”
Later, the college professor spoke with 11Alive’s Brendan Keefe.
“The fact that my kids had to watch all this thing – was very, very distressing,” he said. “I didn’t have a chance to explain to them what was happening. They only saw me being put in handcuffs.”
“Your father’s going to be treated very well, okay,” the officer could be heard saying to the kids. “There’s just a problem with his driving.”
“The police tried to play it down – ‘Oh, we’re going to treat your dad nicely – he’s going to sleep in his own bed tonight’ – and this and that,” he said. “But my kids are going to have to live forever with the memory of their dad being placed in handcuffs right in front of them. They’re damaged by this.”
The professor is still so traumatized by the incident, he does not want us to use his name.