SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield police detective accused of driving while intoxicated is on administrative leave.
The detective is facing a number of charges after being arrested in Eugene Saturday night.
During the Springfield Police Department’s administrative investigation, Springfield Police Chief Tim Doney says he can’t say much about criminal charges one of its employees is facing. But, Doney says the alleged behavior of Detective Marco Espinoza during an arrest by Eugene police is not what he expects of his employees.
Doney says the department has high standards for how its employees should behave, which is why he’s disappointed in allegations against one of its detectives.
“The Springfield Police Department is comprised of well over 100 employees, men and women who are dedicated to public safety and service,” Doney said. “At this point the employee is the subject of a routine administrative investigation in reference to the allegations of his conduct that’s resulted in his arrest.”
The Eugene Police Department says just after 7 p.m. on Saturday, one of its officers saw Espinoza and a women arguing outside of a car near Chambers Street and Roosevelt Boulevard.
After making contact with Espinoza, they had probable cause to believe he was drinking and driving. But when an officer tried to take him into custody, he allegedly became verbally aggressive and resisted arrest, which is behavior concerning to Springfield police.
“If these allegations are proven true it’s certainly a disappointment but our ranks are made up of men and women, normal citizens that put on a uniform and certainly we are very supportive of laws in reference to stopping drinking and driving and intoxicated drivers,”
Espinoza was taken into custody at the Lane County Jail but later released. He’s facing charges of DUII, resisting arrest, and interfering with police.