Commerce City Council Candidate Cited On DUI Charge

Joe T. Sandoval Pleaded Guilty to Driving While Impaired In 2009

A candidate for city council in Commerce City was cited on a DUI charge on Saturday night, authorities said.

A vehicle driven by Joe T. Sandoval, 40, was pulled over at 11:42 p.m. near 84th Avenue and Conifer Road, Adams County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Terrance O’Neill said Sunday.

Sandoval was handcuffed and transported to the sheriff's substation in Commerce City, O'Neill said. He was issued a summons on a DUI charge that required him to appear in court in 30 days.

Sandoval was then released to a detoxification center, where he was held until he was able to provide a breath sample that showed no alcohol in his blood system, O'Neill said.

Sandoval, who used to be a spokesman for the Commerce City Police Department, is running as an at-large candidate for city council.

This isn't the first time Sandoval has been accused of driving under the influence.

Court records show that Sandoval pleaded guilty in April 2009 to driving while ability impaired after he rolled his 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder convertible in the early-morning hours of Dec. 7, 2008, in Adams County. Sandoval was sentenced to 24 hours community service and paid $1,099 in fines and court costs.

In the rollover crash, Sandoval suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized.

In a candidate biography on the city website, Sandoval said he currently works as a criminal investigator for the Colorado Department of Revenue in the Gaming and Medical Marijuana Enforcement Divisions.

As a Commerce City police officer, Sandoval also worked as field training supervisor, a school resource officer and the Citizens' Police Academy coordinator, according to his biography.

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