I’m calling this one Dirty, Not Dirty because one officer did the right thing and one officer did the wrong thing.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Brian Filipiak was headed up north for a vacation. He was driving, and he was drunk. Apparently, it was bad enough that several drivers called it in and a sworn Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department officer caught up with Filipiak to investigate.
Filipiak started by introducing himself as a police officer:
Look in his left hand. At the front of his wallet is his badge. That’s so that he can flash it to any police officer that dares pull him over. He expects to be sent on his merry way.
A few seconds later he affirmatively holds his badge and his official police ID out for the officer to see:
Around two minutes they ask him what he’s been drinking. “Just a couple,” he answers.
At 2:40 they talk about how he’s a lieutenant.
At 3:00, they ask him to step out of the vehicle. He doesn’t and he says, “just let me go…”
What’s disturbing is that this kind of cop-help-cop behavior is so ingrained in law enforcement that Filipiak thought it was appropriate to ask for special treatment. What’s even more disturbing is that Filipiak was surprised and rebellious when he didn’t get that special treatment.
Filipiak doesn’t get out of his vehicle. He sits in his truck and continues to ask the officer to just let him sleep it off. The officer probably let Filipiak get away with sitting there longer than he might have if the arrest was anyone else. Who knows. They finally get Filipiak out of the truck and make their arrest.
Tests would later reveal that he had a blood alcohol level of a .17. That’s inconsistent with “just a couple.” That’s a lot.
The investigating officer could have said that Filipiak didn’t look that drunk. But that gets a lot harder when there’s a camera on you recording what you’re doing. So who knows what the officer would have done if he had thought he had no accountability. But the good news is the officer didn’t try and find out. The officer also did a good job of keeping his cool during what must have been a stressful situation.