Joe Sandoval, city council candidate, when stopped for DUI: "Don't you know who I am?"

joe sandoval.jpg
Joe Sandoval.
Former cop and current state investigator Joe Sandoval is still a candidate for city council in Commerce City, according to the city clerk's office. But if he stays in the race, he'll have some uncomfortable questions to answer about being busted for driving under the influence -- and the way a police report says he tried to big-time his way out of a citation.

According to the candidate information sheet for the forty-year-old Sandoval, he grew up in Commerce City and graduated from Adams City High School in 1989. He achieved his goal of becoming a Commerce City police officer in 1993, and he touts his involvement in the community as, among other things, a school-resource officer, a citizens' police academy coordinator and a public-information officer.

His current gig? He's a criminal investigator with Colorado's Department of Revenue in the Division of Gaming. As a bonus, he fulfills the same duties while assisting the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Not mentioned: Sandoval reportedly was accused of driving under the influence in relation to a rollover crash in December 2008. He subsequently pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, a lesser charge.

Cut to this past Saturday night, when an Adams County deputy pulled Sandoval over on suspicion of DUI. According to an incident report obtained by 7News, he responded to a request for his license by flashing his Department of Revenue badge, emblazoned with the word "police," then asking, "Will this work?"

Apparently not. The deputy insisted that Sandoval perform a roadside sobriety test, in part because he smelled alcohol on his breath -- and Sandoval allegedly admitted to downing some brewskis. "Are you really going to do this to me?" Sandoval wondered. "Don't you know who I am?"

Moments later, Sandoval failed said sobriety test -- and after he agreed to blow through a Breathalyzer, he registered a blood-alcohol content of .093, over the legal intoxication limit of .08.

That led to Sandoval being fitted with a pair of handcuffs -- but even then, he didn't stop searching for a way to skate out of trouble. The report says he requested to speak in private with a sergeant at the scene, then asked on numerous occasions if officers could simply take him home and skip the rest of the irritating paperwork. He added that he was running for city council in Commerce City "and did not need this."

That's one way of putting it.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Cynthia Sammon busted for DUI after she can't figure out how to open her car doors."

My Voice Nation Help
14 comments
notu
notu

What a wonderful example of what is wrong with our country. I live in Colorado and I hope this idiot loses and gets fired. But that's part of the problem, losers like this usually get away with crap and continue on their merry way. Do you know who I AM? lol

Johnny Hammersticks
Johnny Hammersticks

And this guy is collecting a salary paid by Colorado tax payers to ENFORCE RULES for MMJ businesses???

What an outrage! He should be fired from his job IMMEDIATELY!!

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

I love it when people play the " do you know who I am " card.

Cheesecake Lady
Cheesecake Lady

I just shudder to think of how many times the "brotherhood" knew exactly who he was and did not want to do the annoying paperwork.... a cop must have to drive drunk an awful lot to actually piss his fraternity off enough to catch 2 DUIs... Personally I do not want my state MIPs licensing fees (which is essentially money gathered from patients) to be used to pay this irresponsible man's salary. 

Sharpshooter
Sharpshooter

Yeah, you're my DUI tonight.....Douchebag Under the Influence.

Richard_Iowa
Richard_Iowa

Sir, we will get you some help so you can remember your identity.  In the meanwhile, let's go down to the station. 

Guest
Guest

These are the people that stand in judgement of me and Medical Marijuana Company?  Poor chararcter, abuse of power, 2nd time DUI and he is still one of the "Boyz in Blue".  This is what we are supposed to respect? 

Scretch
Scretch

Thousands of people are killed by drunks on the road and they "do not need this" either.

Scretch
Scretch

Yeah we know you are a drunk who kills people just as dead with his car. All the other shit doesn't matter.

mom of 3
mom of 3

"Do you know who I am?" Yep. Your a dick.

Hailey Dunnski Dunn
Hailey Dunnski Dunn

we dont need him..... if he is so brazen to try to pussyfoot his way out of trouble how can he hold power on any city council? he will probably win by a landslide....lol

Jdevelop2
Jdevelop2

Yeah; driving with a 0.93 should not even be illegal. Total BS.

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...