Post Falls officer cited for DUI while off-duty

Post Falls police officer cited for DUI while off duty

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho --- The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a Post Falls Police Department officer was cited and charged with driving under the influence on Saturday.

According to deputies, Officer Brenda Knight tried to drive her car out of a ditch near Rathdrum near the intersection of Boekel Road and Forestdale Drive.

The Post Falls Police Department said they could not comment on what this means for Knight’s standing within the department.

The KCSO incident report states Knight's Jeep drove into a ditch on the side of the road on Boekel Road near Forestdale Drive. A witness told deputies the Jeep had almost hit his car.

"Immediately on contact, I noticed the overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Knight's person and on her breath," wrote a responding deputy in the report. Knight had delayed reactions, and slurred her speech as well, according to the incident report.

"Knight told me the roads became slick and she ended up in the ditch," wrote the deputy. 

Knight admitted she had two beers at Growler Guys and one drink at Bardenay an hour before her car drove off the road, according to the report.

Knight spoke previously to KREM 2 last January when her police cruiser was almost hit by another car sliding on ice. 

A following breath test showed her blood-alcohol level to be .25, or three times over the limit.

Knight was cited and released when another driver came to get her.

In a statement PFPD Chief Scot Haug said his department takes the allegations very seriously. He did not comment on if Officer Knight was still on patrol, a desk job, or was on administrative leave, but did say she was still employed with the department.

KREM


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