Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Officer Bradley Bickett Arrested for Drunk Driving

An Aurora police officer who was arrested for drinking and driving and speeding in Wyoming early this month has resigned from the force, officials announced Monday.

Officer Bradley Bickett was arrested in Goshen County, Wyoming on Aug. 10 after witnesses reported him driving recklessly in his marked police cruiser while a passenger threw trash -possibly beer cans- from a window.

Gerald Kirby, also an Aurora officer, was cited for littering.

Both were on their way to the funeral for one of two officers who were recently killed in Rapid City, South Dakota.

"It is unfortunate that a 31-year career of service in law enforcement was destroyed by a single day of poor judgment," said Chief Daniel J. Oates of Bickett’s resignation.

"I thank Brad for his decision. He made the honorable choice to retire. He has accepted responsibility. His apology will mean a great deal to his colleagues in the Department and will help put this unfortunate event behind us.”"

Kirby is on restricted duty pending a full Internal Affairs investigation, police said.

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