Colorado Springs police officer arrested on drug charges after crash got pain killers from 3 doctors

VA, workers' comp, personal doctor prescribed meds

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs police officer arrested on drug charges had been prescribed a slew of pain medications from three doctors -- a Veterans Affairs doctor, a family physician and a workmen's compensation doctor.

Officer Jeffrey Warkocz, 51, crashed into a mailbox and hitting a curb on his way home from work April 19.

Warkocz was arrested Tuesday on a warrant accusing him of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit -- a felony. He also faces charges of careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report the accident.

Warkocz was taking a variety of prescription drugs to ease pain from a shoulder injury suffered on the job, in addition to back pain, according to court documents obtained by the Gazette. His doctors say they weren't aware he was being prescribed pain medicine from other offices.

Warkocz was placed on administrative leave with pay.  The case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for formal charges, police said.


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