Police officer fired after charged in DUI crash

“As law enforcement officers, we are and should be held to the highest standards of conduct whether on or off duty.”

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Arrested for drunk driving after crashing his personal vehicle this past weekend, a Georgia police officer was fired from the department on Monday.

On April 9, Gainesville Police officers initially responded to a single-vehicle crash and found their off-duty colleague, Officer Tyler McBee, at the scene. When the officers suspected McBee of driving while drunk, they contacted the Hall County Sheriff’s Office to take over the investigation.

Around 3:45 a.m. on April 9, deputies responded to the scene and placed McBee under arrest before charging him with driving under the influence of alcohol. McBee has served as a patrol officer with the Gainesville Police Department since November 2019.

On Monday, police officials confirmed that McBee was terminated from the department due to his recent arrest.

“As law enforcement officers, we are and should be held to the highest standards of conduct whether on or off duty,” Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish wrote in a statement. “Although highly disappointed and upset in the actions of McBee, I am proud of the officers on scene who held their colleague to the highest of standards. Driving under the influence represents a deadly danger, and our officers are dedicated to protecting our community from this danger no matter the consequences.”

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