Buckeye Police officer accused of DUI; almost died after crashing motorcycle

An off-duty Buckeye police officer almost died after crashing his motorcycle, but Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies say this collision was the officer's fault.

Bryan Byrne is accused of driving drunk, even after deputies warned him to not to get on the road.

Now FOX 10 has received new information about the investigation: pages and pages of incident reports, audio from 9-1-1 calls, deputy radio transmissions and pictures from the crash scene -- and according to the report, this off-duty officer should never have been driving.

The crashed motorcycle seen on the side of Litchfield Road in Litchfield Park is just one piece of a bizarre story involving Byrne, who is also a former MCSO deputy.

According to the police reports, the motorcycle was driven by Byrne back in October.  Those reports state Byrne was drunk -- more than double the legal limit when he crashed.

It all started at the Jack in the Box restaurant, where deputies were called to a disturbance.

9-1-1 Operator: "What's going on there?"
Caller: "There's a guy harassing a customer and harassing the woman at the window."

Byrne, who had nothing to do with the disturbance at the restaurant, was across the street at a bar called Sage and Sands, and for some unknown reason, began yelling obscenities at deputies, flipping them off and telling them to leave.

After speaking with Byrne, deputies told him not to drive, but soon after, they saw him a few miles from the bar, going through a red light.  A few minutes later, at around 3:00 a.m., Byrne lost control of his motorcycle and crashed.

In the radio transmission from deputies at the scene, you can hear Byrne moaning in pain.

"We are on Litchfield Road and [inaudible] we have a male who was driving a motorcycle and he crashed.. he's bleeding from his head right now."

Byrne was not wearing a helmet and reports say the injuries to his face and head were classified as life-threatening.  Since deputies knew Byrne was drinking earlier, they immediately took blood samples to test for impairment.  He was not arrested or booked into jail, so there's no mug shot.  He was only cited for DUI and excessive speed.

So what does the Buckeye Police Department have to say about its officer's conduct?  We've been asking them for a comment since October and we asked again on Feb. 2nd when we received all the paperwork.  They said what they've been saying since last year.  The officer is suspended during the investigation and they will not comment further.
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