Bakersfield Police officer on his way to work charged with DUI www.privateofficer.com
KERO.com — A Bakersfield Police officer on his way to work Saturday morning was arrested for DUI and hit and run. The department believes Officer Aaron Stringer was on prescription medication. The decorated officer now faces two misdemeanor charges.
As Stinger was driving to the station Saturday, members of the public flooded the BPD with calls about how he was driving.
“We received several calls from citizens involving a Bakersfield Police Department patrol vehicle driving erratically,” Lt. Andrew Garner said Saturday evening.
The patrol car was in the area of Coffee Road and Truxtun Avenue when one of the callers began following Stringer. That person followed him all the way to the department’s back lot.
That’s where Stringer was met by other officers and shortly there after was arrested for DUI, not because of alcohol but rather prescription drugs. However, what those drugs were and why he was taking them has not been released, officials are only saying that’s what they suspect.
Stringer’s name is a familiar one in the last year. Stringer and his partner, Officer Isaac Aleman, were involved in a shooting at the 7-11 on Wilson Road last September. Aleman was wounded and both officers were cleared in the shooting.
Aleman was named the first ever Bakersfield Police Employee of the Year and Stringer received the department’s Medal of Valor.
Seven months later he’s been booked into the Kern County Jail on misdemeanor charges of DUI and hit and run, the latter charge he confused to according to Garner. He admitted to having hit an air conditioning unit with his patrol car when leaving his residence on Saturday morning.
Stringer was booked into the kern county jail Saturday afternoon and was being held on $10,000 bond. He is due in court Tuesday afternoon on both misdemeanor charges according to the Sheriff’s Inmate Website.