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State trooper arrested on DUI charges in Douglas Co.

By Kieran Nicholson

The Denver Postfile:///
POSTED: 03/22/2010 08:07:02 AM MDT
UPDATED: 03/22/2010 12:23:59 PM MDT

David Dolan (Colorado State Patrol | )

A Colorado State Patrol trooper, in uniform and driving a marked patrol car, was pulled over this morning by sheriff’s deputies and arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving.

The incident happened at about 7 a.m. after the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received “multiple calls” reporting that a state patrol car was “driving erratically” on northbound I-25 near Castle Rock, the sheriff’s office said in a media release.

The trooper has been identified as 21-year-veteran David Dolan, assigned to a unit in Colorado Springs.

Response to the calls this morning was transferred to the State Patrol because it was on the interstate and involved a State Patrol cruiser.

But a short time later the State Patrol called sheriff’s dispatchers “asking for our assistance in locating the vehicle and checking on the welfare of the driver,” according to a media release from the sheriff’s office.

“Around 7:05 a.m., a Douglas County deputy spotted the vehicle on westbound C-470 at Santa Fe and was able to pull the vehicle over at Platte Canyon and C-470,” the release said. “After contacting the driver, who was confirmed to be a Colorado State Trooper in full uniform, he was taken into custody for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol.”

Dolan, 48, was handcuffed and taken to the Douglas County Jail where he was booked on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se, and prohibited use of weapons.

He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave by the patrol as the incident is investigated by the sheriff’s office. The state patrol is conducting a concurrent investigation as well.

“While any violation of law is serious, this alleged act is very concerning given the nature of the mission of the Colorado State Patrol,” Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of the CSP, said in a statement. “We have a 75-year history of combating impaired and drunken driving and are deeply committed to eradicating this senseless crime on our roads.”

Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or

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