A Marana police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for suspicion of DUI.
On Friday, Dec. 10, Marana Police Officer Irasema Teran was arrested by the Oro Valley Police Department on suspicion of DUI.
According to the Oro Valley Police, Teran was stopped for a red-light violation and there was enough evidence to begin a DUI investigation.
“Ultimately there was probable cause for arrest,” said Lt. John Teachout with the Oro Valley Police Department.
The officer was also driving on a suspended license.
Tim Brunekant, a spokesman for the Marana Police Department, said the department was not aware Teran’s license had been suspended. As the department investigates the DUI charges, they will also be looking into when and how her license was suspended.
“The Marana Police Department holds its members to the highest standards, and we expect them to uphold those standards, both on and off-duty,” Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema said in a press release. “If any member of this department fails to live up to the values of integrity, professionalism, and excellence we have set for ourselves, the community can rest assured we will deal with the situation swiftly and fairly. This incident will be no exception. Although it is a reality that the poor choices of one person can reflect negatively on the whole, it is important to note that the entire Marana Police Department is wholly committed to providing unparalleled service and protection to our community. No single act of any kind alters or lessens our commitment to that mission.”
Officer Teran, who has been with the Marana Police Department for 4 years, was off-duty at the time of the arrest.
Teran has been placed on administrative leave, and her status with the department is pending an internal investigation.
Teachout said it was a misdemeanor DUI, but because Teran was driving on a suspended license, she now faces felony charges.