Former CT Police Officer Charged With DUI Thrice In 11 Hours

A former Bridgeport police officer accused of going on a drunken shooting rampage 10 years back was taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol 2 times within the time period of 12 hours on the same day of a court appearance for another DUI case.

He was also taken into custody for shoplifting.

39-year-old John Biehn was near the Rockville courthouse before being pulled over by police for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

A report was received by the Vernon Police from a concerned citizen at about 1:24 p.m. on Monday that the driver of a blue Hyundai Sonata was driving on the wrong side of Route 83 near Dart Hill Road, told Detective James Grady, the department spokesman.

Police found a motor vehicle in McDonald’s Restaurant parking lot at 89 Talcottville Road. Police officers were told by Biehn that he was coming back from Rockville court and was on his way home to Southington. Officers issued him a field sobriety test that he failed. He was charged with OVI and failure to drive in the proper lane.

It was the 1st time on Monday that he was pulled over by Wallingford police around 8:20 p.m. on Ives Road where he was again charged with DUI, said the Hartford Courant.

After that at 2 a.m., he was taken into custody one more time, this time for allegedly shoplifting at the Wallingford Wal-Mart. He is accused of attempting to steal headphones and food amounting to $73.

Biehn received no prison time after he was accused of going to the Bridgeport Marina Village complex in August 2004 and firing shots at individuals during a rampage fueled by alcohol and anger over a fight with his wife’s ex-husband, told the Connecticut Post.

He was taken into custody and charged for attempted murder, attempted assault and other charges, but a jury ultimately convicted him on one count of first-degree reckless endangerment for leaving a gun where children could find it. A judge gave him 1 year suspended sentenced, along with mandated counseling, 400 hours of community service and substance abuse treatment.

The judge cited his military service as a cause of mitigating jail time. He resigned from the job he was doing in the police department. According to a prosecutor, Biehn was a danger to the public and should get prison time.

Biehn was previously taken into custody by Vernon Police on 26th of July and charged with OVI and failure to drive in the proper lane. The case is still being litigated.

News Source: www.Patch.com

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