|Marlee Dorinda Vigger|
A police officer offered a suspect to forget the crime if she buys him a drink, according to court proceedings.
"Stupidity," is how a judge described a flirty text message sent by a police officer to a DUI suspect in Ontario, Canada.
After 21-year-old Marlee Dorinda Vigger crashed her truck into another vehicle, officer Robert Sparling administered a breath test, which the woman failed. No one was seriously injured in the incident.
A few weeks later, the two happened to be sitting in the same bar, so Sparling sent a text message to Vigger saying: "If you buy me beer, I'll forget everything at the trial."
Not only did Vigger reject the offer, she showed the messages to her lawyers, who will now use them as part of her defense. Her lawyer argued that the totally inappropriate texts question the validity of the evidence against Vigger.
Sparling said he had been joking. He had no romantic interest in the woman before or during the test.
Although the judge called Sparling’s text stupidity, he said that he did not believe there was any evidence that the results of the breath test were inaccurate.
Vigger was fined $1,500 and was banned from the road for one year.
The police department will have to deal with the texts internally, according to reports.
Police officers everywhere have to be more cautious about what they text, especially if they are using their phones at work.
Even if you are not a law enforcement officer, joke text messages can often cause serious problems.
A teenager from Arkansas learned that lesson the hard way in March when, as a joke, she sent a message "I hid the body. What now?" To a telephone number at random. To her bad luck, the number turned out to belong to a police detective.