San Pedro policeman Diabetic, not Drunk - 07/03/20 10:55 AM
On Monday we told you about the San Pedro policeman who had gotten into a crash with a police mobile on the island's northside. He appeared intoxicated as he told a bystander not to capture the pickup stuck on the sidewalk - and not to post it on Facebook.
Now, he sounded drunk, those at the scene said he smelled like he had been drinking, and he seemed to be walking unevenly. But, today police said he's diabetic, not drunk. The head of professional standards said no sample was taken:
Reporter"It's not possible to confirm that he was drunk but perhaps, you go with the commissioner's opinion that he in fact has diabetes and his blood sugar was low."
Supt Dwayne Sutherland"The investigation as we conducted did reveal that the officer has a number of different ailments and it was learnt that at times when the officer is being affected at times greater than normal with diabetes, he would normally speak slower indeed."
Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police"People for me, I'm not a doctor but I have seen people who suffer from diabetes react in different ways when not on their medication. I have seen instances where some even passed out. We have had instances where some actually crash and killed other people because of not having their medication in them and Mr. Noble who is in San Pedro was on top of that incident from it occurred and he has reported me and I have no reason to doubt Mr. Noble, that every police officer who was at the station confirmed to him that the officer had no aroma of alcohol and that when the officer got to the station, he was taken home to get his medication because he was acting out and after having taken his medication, he began to normalize. I don't know what happened, I don't travel with diabetes, so I can't say that when the blood sugar goes low, that cause you to become disoriented but from what we learnt was that, it was the fact that he needed his medication. I'm not going to condemn the poor officer, people suffer from illnesses and we who don't suffer from it, we cannot judge them and I can tell you that the officer was drunk and we have proof of it, it wouldn't do me no good to cover his behaviour, I would be the first to let you know that he was drunk and I would let you know what I did in respect to his conduct. Covering police misconduct will not make us any better, it will just send us more into a hole. When we have misconduct, it must be addressed swiftly, so other officers get the message."