Denver sergeant arrested, accused of DUI a 2nd time

4:35 AM, May 25, 2011   |    comments
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Forty-nine-year-old Sgt. Phillip Newton was picked up Monday night in Southeast Denver.

Newton told 9NEWS on Tuesday, "This is not a proud moment in my life."

Denver Police confirm Newton was not on duty when he got in the accident.

9NEWS found this isn't the first time Newton's been in trouble. Aurora Police confirm in August 2004, Newton was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and careless driving.

According to the Denver Police Department, Newton has been with the force since 1987. He currently works in the property bureau.

Newton is currently off on personal vacation time.

In the latest incident, he faces charges of driving while under the influence, careless driving and the prohibited use of weapons, meaning he was likely carrying a gun.

The Denver Police Department's disciplinary guidelines say an officer who faces a first time DUI offense could face up to a 16-day suspension without pay, and repeat offenders could be suspended for up to 42 days without pay.

The Denver District Attorney's Office is currently reviewing the case against Newton. It could be months until authorities announce what kind of punishment he could face.

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