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Off-duty officer with Salt Lake City Police arrested

Jan 14, 2023, 5:24 PM | Updated: 6:01 pm
An officer with SLCPD crashed his truck into another vehicle while driving under the influence on D...
An officer with SLCPD crashed his truck into another vehicle while driving under the influence on December 30, 2022. (Salt Lake City Police Department)
(Salt Lake City Police Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — On December 30, 2022, Odgen Police arrested an individual driving under the influence who is an officer at the Salt lake City Police Department.

The individual, Thomas Caygle, is 37 years old.

An officer with Riverdale PD who assisted with the incident said Caygle crashed his truck into another vehicle. After both vehicles moved off the roadway, an argument began. 

“Thomas and the other driver began to argue at which point witnesses say Thomas got into his truck, put the truck in drive and drove into the rear of the vehicle, pinning the other driver’s legs between his truck and the other vehicle,” said the document. 

The victim was transported to the hospital. 

According to witnesses, Caygles’ breath smelled of alcohol, he slurred speech and had difficulty balancing. Caygle admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the accident.

Furthermore, he failed the HGN, Nine Step Walk, and Turn tests. Caygle was booked into Weber County Jail. 

A release from SLCPD said they immediately placed the officer on administrative leave and opened an internal investigation. 

“Our community expects the very best of its police officers at all times, including when off-duty and on personal time. We strive to exceed those expectations every day. In reviewing the information and materials I’ve received so far, I am concerned and disappointed by this incident, which does not align with our core values and expectations. Following the conclusion of our internal investigation, any violation of department policy will result in prompt and full accountability,” said SLCPD Chief Mike Brown. 

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