MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The firing of a Miami Beach police officer who admitted drinking before work has been upheld by an arbitrator.
The department dismissed Rolando Gutierrez and fellow officer Derick Kuilan after they were photographed in uniform at a July 2011 bachelorette party at a South Beach club. Kuilan was later charged with four felonies for running over a couple with his all-terrain vehicle as they strolled along the beach.
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/18iHRk0 ) reports that Guiterrez admitted he drank shots of cranberry and vodka before work that day and skipped roll call so no one would notice. Still, he claimed the department improperly tested him for intoxication and that there was a department culture of on-the-job drinking.
The arbitrator rejected both claims.
Kuilan is awaiting trial on the criminal charges.
Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com
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