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Cop Convicted of Drunk Driving With His Child, Letting Her Drive — Up for Promotion

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Milwaukee, WI — Milwaukee police sergeant John P. Corbett was recently convicted and sentenced to jail time for driving drunk with his child in the car, and now he is up for a promotion. The 46-year-old police officer allowed his 13-year-old daughter to drive his vehicle while he was drunk, and after getting a slap on the wrist in the court, he still has his job and may even be getting a raise.

According to the police report, Corbett and his daughter took turns behind the wheel throughout the trip, and he took over the drive when she got lost.

Corbett was given a misdemeanor charge of “driving drunk with a child in the car” and only served 30 days on work release. Corbett did receive a 60-day suspension but was able to work while serving his sentence, working his shift at the police department by day, then sleeping in the jail at night. It is important to note that the average citizen would be looking a lengthy prison sentence, steep fines, and they would likely lose their job had then been caught driving drunk with their child in the car.

At the scene, Corbett refused to take a breathalyzer test and then was able to get that dismissed in court as a result of a plea agreement. Again, these are circumstances that would never be granted to the average citizen.

Corbett was seen smiling ear to ear in his mug shot because he knew that he would see no consequences.

According to a scathing report by the Journal Sentinel in 2011, Corbett’s case is par for the course in the Milwaukee PD. JS Online reports:

At least 93 Milwaukee police officers – ranking from street cop to captain – have been disciplined for violating the laws and ordinances they were sworn to uphold, a Journal Sentinel investigation found.

Their offenses range from sexual assault and domestic violence to drunken driving and shoplifting, according to internal affairs records. All still work for the Police Department, where they have the authority to make arrests, testify in court and patrol neighborhoods.

Officers who run afoul of the law often aren’t fired or prosecuted, the newspaper found.

Milwaukee police spokesman Sgt. Timothy Gauerke said that Corbett and the department have moved on since the incident.

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“As a result of the suspension, he lost approximately $17,000 in pay. He also fulfilled the criminal sanctions set forth by a judge in Fond du Lac County. Having completed the suspension and judicial process he is relieved from further sanctions related to this incident,” Gauerke said in a statement.

Corbett’s promotion was requested by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, who wrote that Corbett had been “put through a timely internal vetting process wherein the members’ entire record was reviewed, including disciplines, open and closed investigations, administrative matters (e.g. use of force reports, squad accidents, criminal investigations, citizen complaints), fitness and history with the FPC.”

“I certify that these members are in good standing with the department and suitable for promotion,” the statement concluded.

On Monday, The Civilian Fire and Police Commission will gather for a meeting to decide the status of Corbett’s promotion.

If Corbett does receive the promotion, he will be the second police officer surrounded in controversy to receive a promotion for the Milwaukee Police Department this year. Earlier this year, Officer Richard Ticcioni was promoted to detective, despite the fact that was involved in the arrest of a man who died in police custody.

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  • Phil Freeman

    We have a serious priority problem in this country!

  • Razedbywolvs

    13-year-old daughter drove.. I don’t see a problem with that. I was driving on public roads before i could reach the peddles.

    • skyp0ckets

      A 13 year-old is not equipped for all the unexpected potential danger of driving on public roads. Not to mention that she was carting her drunk Dad around. Illegal all the way and special treatment for the copper. Were you driving a drunk parent at 13?

    • CeeEye

      ‘pedals’.

  • Ibcamn

    low life scum,bottom feeding criminals like this should have to follow the same law[s] we do…but sadly,no,these criminals make their own rules for themselves,and the award themselves for their criminal activity,bottom feeders like this should be in jail,child endangerment we would be in jail,but not these criminals,nope….ifeel sorry for the child the she has a low life criminal[cop] for a father,she must be so ashamed…….

  • davidhollenshead

    “Corbett was given a misdemeanor charge of “driving drunk with a child in the car” and only served 30 days on work release. Corbett did receive a 60-day suspension but was able to work while serving his sentence, working his shift at the police department by day, then sleeping in the jail at night.”
    Actually that is a typical sentence for DWI or DUI, if it was his first offense, and you can’t be a LEO with felonies or even serious misnomers, unless you work for border patrol. Nor could he drive while working, unless he had the courts permission to drive for work.

    “Corbett was seen smiling ear to ear in his mug shot because he knew that he would see no consequences.”
    I seriously doubt that he was expecting “no consequences”, as he must know his career is now damaged, and his promotion is now limited to the usual yearly increase. His fellow Officers have probably shunned him, and is likely to consider transferring to Ferguson or the like.

    • sharkboy

      I’m not in Milwaukee let alone Wisconsin but I have seen people up for pre-trial for a dui first offense and there are 2 choices.
      1) 10,000$ Fine, points, driving school
      2) 10 Years license revoked
      Only two options the judge gave the guy.

      Every job that I have worked, HAS FIRED, anyone who got a DUI, whether you missed work or not. Its the stigma behind someone who can’t take care of themselves.

      You can be a LEO with a felony rape case alleged or convicted. They get shuffled around just like priests.

      “Allowed to work while on suspension” is an oxymoron

      They guy was probably still plastered when they brought him in and all his buddies were busting his balls for getting brought it. I also doubt his smile was due to his impending slap on the wrist. That being said, the “slap on the wrist” might have been what the others were joking about with him.

      • davidhollenshead

        We don’t do a 10 year suspension for a first DWI Offense here in Oregon.
        They don’t even do that in the UK.
        You can get a limited license for driving to / from and at work, and diversion.
        Nope, you can’t be a LEO with a Felony.
        I know of a person who did four years for a DWI accident in WI, because her passenger died.