MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - "F--- the police! I f---ing hate cops and I hate that I'm a cop! All you guys do is harass black people!” Those were the alleged words of a St. Louis Park, Minn. police officer as she was being arrested for DWI after hitting a parked car outside of a northeast Minneapolis bar.
Chaunte Lee Ford, 27, is charged with third-degree DWI, collision with an unattended vehicle, careless driving, and interfering with a peace office for the Aug. 5 incident outside of the NE Palace Bar.
According to the criminal complaint, an off-duty police officer was walking toward the bar when he heard a loud crash. Multiple patrons standing in front of the bar yelled and waved their arms, saying the car that hit the parked vehicle was driving away. The off-duty officer saw a Toyota Scion driving slowly down Lowry Avenue with the front airbag deployed. The car was also driving on the rim of the right front tire.
When asked if the Scion was her car, Ford began to cry and said that she was a police officer and that she was sorry. As other officers arrived, Ford stood by the trunk of the car, hysterically crying. According to the complaint, she said, "I f---ed up!" several times.
Ford was allegedly “hostile to the officers” and made “obscene gestures and comments toward them.” When asked if she needed an ambulance, Ford yelled, "F--- you. I don't need an ambulance. F--- that and f--- you." She also made general anti-police statements such as, "F--- the police! I f---ing hate cops and I hate that I'm a cop! All you guys do is harass black people!"
At one point, Ford pulled down her pants, squatted on the ground and urinated. She refused to take a field sobriety test, refused to take a breath test and refused to be handcuffed. Ford eventually took a breath test, which registered a .20 BAC.
Jacqueline Larson, the St. Louis Park communications manager says the department expects the highest conduct from its employees.
"We are determining the appropriate time to begin an internal review," Larson told Fox 9.
Chaunte Ford will make her first court appearance on Aug. 30.