Denver officer suspended for drinking and driving violation

DENVER — A Denver officer was suspended without pay for 10 days after pleading guilty to driving after he had been drinking alcohol.

Officer Armando Cruz, who's been on the force since 1997, will begin serving his suspension later this month.

The Denver Post reports Cruz was arrested on Oct. 21, 2017, by a Parker officer following a report by other motorists that he was driving erratically.

In February, Cruz pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired and was sentenced to 24 hours of community service and 12 months of probation, according to the Denver Post report.

Cruz will serve his suspension around the same time as another Denver officer in a separate disciplinary case.

Lt. Kevin Edling's suspension begins July 15 after an investigation found he had improperly pepper-sprayed a young man in an incident involving a rowdy crowd last April.

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