Saturday, January 24, 2009

Officer Leon Young Arrested for DUI


A Fort Myers Police Officer was arrested early Saturday morning at a Lee County Sheriff's Office D.U.I check point. Officer Leon Young faces misdemeanor DUI Alcohol 1st Offense charges.

He was released from jail on a surety bond Saturday just before noon.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office arrest report says deputies saw the car Young was driving pull into a parking lot just before the D.U.I. checkpoint at 7070 College Parkway. Believing the driver was trying to avoid the checkpoint, deputies approached the car.

The deputy said Young's eyes appeared to be blood shot and watery and he was speaking with a "thick tongue". The deputy said he could smell alcohol on Young's breath.

The deputy also saw a green leafy substance on Young's shirt that he believed to be marijuana. Canine deputies also smelled narcotics in the air, but when Young's car was searched, no marijuana was discovered.

According to the report, Young did not want to do the field sobriety check and just asked to be taken to jail. Eventually Young agreed to take the field sobriety test. Young was then placed under arrest.

When Young was asked to take a breath test he told the arresting deputy that the deputy was part of the KKK, the arresting deputy's father was part of the KKK, and Young would not take the breath test.

Reacting to Young's arrest Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker told WINK News, "I am extremely disappointed. This is not the conduct that we would expect from one of our officers. State Statute and department policy requires due process and Officer Young has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation and an internal affairs investigation."

Former Officer Maxwell Houghton Still Trying to Use His Badge to Get Out of Ticket


A former police officer who flashed an official identification card for leniency at traffic stops has been charged with impersonating an officer.

Utah Highway Patrol officers say Maxwell Tyler Houghton pulled out the ID card twice at different stops last week despite having left the St. George Police Department nearly two years ago.

Troopers caught up with Houghton a third time and arrested him.

UHP Sgt. Dan Ferguson said it's illegal for anyone other than a police officer to possess police credentials.

Houghton, 27, was booked Friday in jail on charges of speeding and two counts of impersonating a police officer. He was released the same day on $1,331 bail.

Houghton, before saying anything at the first traffic stop Monday, produced his expired police ID along with a driver's license and a concealed weapons permit.

Trooper Roger Larson let Houghton go, then called the St. George Police Department to learn the supposed officer had left the department in April 2007 after less than a year on duty.

Then, on Friday, Ferguson said he stopped Houghton for speeding, and once more, Houghton showed a police credential. Ferguson said he cut Houghton loose, but then recalled Larson's encounter earlier in the week with a man showing an expired police ID.

This time, Ferguson and Larson caught up with Houghton and arrested him on state Route 9.