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Police: Blood-alcohol level of UAPD officer 4 times over legal limit

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UAPD Sgt. John McGrath (Source: UAPD Twitter account) UAPD Sgt. John McGrath (Source: UAPD Twitter account)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

An on-duty UAPD officer who was charged with a Super Extreme DUI Saturday night after crashing his cruiser was four times over the legal blood-alcohol level, according to documents released by Tucson Police today. 

Tucson Police responded to the single vehicle crash at Speedway Boulevard  and the Interstate 10 frontage road at 9:38 p.m. Saturday.

Sgt. John McGrath of the University of Arizona Police Department was on duty at the time of the accident.

According to the TPD initial incident report, McGrath took two breathalyzer tests and recorded blood-alcohol levels of .308 and .317.

McGrath told investigators he crashed after avoiding a collision with another vehicle, which turned left in his path.

According to the incident investigation report, one of the arresting officers referred to the MVR, a device that records the speed that the cruiser was being driven. The report said the MVR showed that McGrath had been driving 76 mph before a white van turned in front of him.

Investigating officers noted in the report that they smelled a strong smell of alcohol from McGrath. They also described him as "staggering, stumbling, swaying" and talking with "slow, slurred speech."

The report described McGrath's eyes as "bloodshot, staring, watery" and his face as "flushed."

McGrath was arrested with multiple charges, including criminal damages and Super Extreme DUI. 

The UAPD car was impounded for 30 days.

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