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University of Arizona fires UAPD officer charged with super extreme DUI

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John McGrath (Source: UAPD Twitter account) John McGrath (Source: UAPD Twitter account)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson News Now has learned that the University of Arizona fired UAPD Sergeant John McGrath. He was the officer arrested for super extreme DUI on Feb. 1.

The university confirmed that this happened after the completion of an internal investigation, which started soon after McGrath's arrest. 


McGrath was arrested after he crashed his department-issued SUV into a wall on West Speedway Boulevard and the Interstate 10 frontage road. He was on-duty at the time of the crash. McGrath was charged with super extreme DUI because his blood alcohol level was almost four times the legal limit. A report by Tucson Police says the officer was given two breathalyzer tests, and recorded blood-alcohol levels of .308 and .317. The legal limit is .08

McGrath worked with UAPD since 2009, and was promoted to sergeant just over a year ago. He is also a member of the Army National Guard. He had just returned from a one-year tour in Afghanistan.

Separately, he faces multiple criminal charges in Pima County Superior Court related to the accident.

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