A video (below) showing an off-duty Santa Clara County deputy being arrested on Jan. 10 for allegedly pulling a gun on Jack In The Box employees in Santa Clara, California, surfaced on July 22.
After spending the night drinking with friends, Benjamin Lee was reportedly driving under the influence when he had a breakdown in which he allegedly pulled a gun on two employees because of how long his wait time was in the drive-thru line, notes KPIX.
Santa Clara police officers were called to the fast food restaurant, where they trained their guns on the off-duty cop, and told him and his passenger to step out of the car, which they did. Authorities then arrested the group at gunpoint.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, which is conducting an internal investigation into the incident, placed Lee on administrative leave after the arrest.
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Santa Clara Police Lt. Dan Moreno said the responding officers did not know Lee was a deputy, but would not have acted differently had they known, reports SFGate.
Lee, who is scheduled in court on July 27, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and brandishing a firearm.
At the time of his arrest, the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Santa Clara County, a police union, issued a statement in resonpse to the arrest, according to KRON:
The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Santa Clara County is saddened by the weekend arrest of one of its members on charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol and brandishing a weapon, said Roger Winslow, the group’s vice president.
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Our deputies make arrests for these crime regularly. They see firsthand the consequences caused by impaired drivers.
Winslow cautioned against a rush to judgment about the arrest, but acknowledged that a "DUI by anyone is unacceptable; doubly so when it involves a deputy sheriff. We are held to a higher standard and rightly so."
The DSA will follow this incident as it moves through the judicial system. We fully expect that appropriate action will be taken after all the facts are determined.