Aaron Egger, Denver cop, claims bogus "good buddy" was driving to get out of DUI bust
Yesterday, in reporting about the arrest of Denver police detective Daniel Diaz de Leon, we noted that seven Denver cops have gotten into trouble in 2014. But another Denver cop, Aaron Egger, narrowly missed the cut.
Aaron Egger in a photo from his Facebook page. Photos and more below.
Egger was reportedly received DPD discipline earlier this year for a 2013 DUI bust during which he initially tried to claim a nonexistent pal had actually been behind the wheel.
Egger's Facebook page isn't especially active; the most recent posts date back to 2011. However, the address does include several photos, including this one....
...and this one:
Not highlighted is an image shared by CBS4 and on view below -- a small, black-and-white mug shot courtesy of the Thornton Police Department, which busted Egger following an accident last July 4 near the intersection of 120th Avenue and Holly, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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According to a police report accessed by the station, Egger told a Thornton officer responding to the crash site that "someone hit us," with "us" described as "me and a buddy."
Egger added that he'd been coming from his "buddy's house" when the wipe-out occurred -- but instead of sticking around at the scene, he claimed the buddy "took off."
This story apparently didn't strike the Thornton officer as especially believable. After all, Egger is said to have been visibly drunk (he failed roadside maneuvers), and when he was asked for his driver's license, he handed over a Visa card.
Shortly thereafter, Egger consented to taking a blood-alcohol-content breath test and blew a .201 -- approximately two-and-a-half times the legal limit for intoxication.
Egger's booking photo.
In the end, Egger's buddy was never located -- big surprise -- and the officer wound up pleading guilty to DUI. His punishment, handed out in November, included a year's probation, 48 hours of public service, ten days' worth of electronic monitoring and an order for alcohol evaluation and treatment.
In addition, Egger was suspended from the DPD for sixteen days earlier this year, after the case had run its course and the investigation into his actions was complete. Upon his return, he was assigned to desk duty, since the only cars he's allowed to drive for the next year-plus must have an interlock device that requires a breath sample before it'll start -- and no Denver police cruisers are outfitted with one.
Detective de Leon is also manning a desk following his arrest on domestic-violence-related charges, and so are officers Jeremy Ownbey and Steven Sloan, who were part of a drunken brawl apparently spurred by wife-swapping gone wrong.
In yesterday's post, we wrote that the DPD may have to buy more desks -- but if this keeps up, it may no longer be a joking matter.
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More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa June 10: "See seven Denver cops to get in trouble in 2014, including just-busted Daniel Diaz de Leon."