Cop Makes $172,000/year on DUI Arrests

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on April 23rd, 2006

Continuing with the theme of my previous post concerning the increasing nature of drunk driving as a money-making proposition, local governments aren’t the only ones on the gravy train: Police officers are doing pretty well, too. Bottom line: The more DUI arrests — valid or not — the more money everyone makes.

Officer’s Pay Tops $172,000

Overtime on DWI cases inflates some salaries

Houston, April 22. As a senior officer in the Houston Police Department, William Lindsey Jr. received a salary of about $72,000 last year. Because he is on the department’s DWI Task Force, however, Lindsey’s overtime pay put him at an income level rivaling Mayor Bill White and Police Chief Harold Hurtt…

Lindsey’s total income of more than $172,576 from HPD last year put his pay above White’s $165,000 but below Hurtt’s $184,000. The mayor and police chief are not eligible for overtime pay…

Defense attorneys who specialize in DWI cases contend some task force members manipulate arrests to accumulate overtime…

Last week, at least two DWI cases in which task force members testified ended in acquittal. Defense lawyer Sam Adamo, who represented one defendant, said he and other DWI specialists have been attempting to inform jurors about the task force and the overtime pay, but they often are blocked by judges and prosecutors.

“These guys are like small-town speed traps,” Adamo said. “Regular officers have to work extra jobs. But these (task force) guys don’t have to, because they’re making so much money coming down to the courthouse.”

As any DUI attorney knows, an officer generally earns more money when he makes a bad arrest than a good one. The good arrest usually ends up in a plea, and the officer’s presence in court is not required. It is only when the case goes to trial — usually because the defendant believes he is innocent or because there is insufficient evidence to justify the arrest — that the officer starts making the overtime.

(Thanks to Troy McKinney.)


    what can be done to stop this
    injustice in the system, i was
    stopped and am about to plea
    my case because my lawyers
    are not experienced and it is
    too late to hire anyone else.
    Please if this happens to u
    interview 5 or 6 lawyers and
    ask for there results dont
    get stuck with a couple of

  • Tom Barnes

    The whole DUI system is unjust and the laws unfairly applied.    The general public falls victim the these terrible DUI laws while cops are often intoxicated while on duty and all many cops let thier "brother" cops off the hook when they pull an off-duty cop over when he's driving drunk.    In Michigan, Oakland County's present day county executive (and former prosecutor) L. Brooks Patterson has been stopped at least four times for drunk driving and been let go free, with zero penalty, each time.   So if these laws don't pretain to law enforcement, then why should they pretain to us?   For those facts alone, the laws should all be scuttled.    Not to mention that the breathalyzer should not be admissable as evidence in a court of law.   Breathalyzers make many errors, especially for people who are on the Atkins diet and in many other situations.   Eliminate the breathalyzer and all of these horrific laws come tumbling down.   After all, according to the NHTSA, only 2.55 % of all car accidents are the fault of a driver who is behind the wheel and intoxicated.    Forget that "alcohol related" crud that MADD spews.   The truth is that drinking drivers are not nearly the problem that MADD's lies and exagerations make it out to be.   it's now estimated that 35% of all traffic accidents are caused by distracted drivers.   That's a whole lot more than 2.55%!   And there's no severe punishments for distracted drivers are there?   What about sleepy drivers?  What about elderly drivers?  What about people who are driving cars that are in disrepair and cause an accident by for instance failed brakes?