An Oak Creek police officer is on paid administrative leave as he faces criminal charges of driving drunk and leading Elm Grove police on a high-speed chase.
Luzinski, 37, of Franklin has been an officer with the Oak Creek Police
Department for about three years and was placed on leave as a result of
his arrest early Saturday, Oak Creek Chief John Edwards said.
An internal investigation has been opened and will parallel the criminal investigation, Edwards said.
faces a felony charge of fleeing police, and if convicted, he faces a
potential maximum sentence of 31/2 years in prison. If convicted of a
felony, Luzinski could not serve as a police officer, as federal law
prohibits felons from possessing firearms.
An Elm Grove
police officer first noticed Luzinski's vehicle about 3 a.m. Saturday at
the intersection of Elm Grove Road and Watertown Plank Road, where
Luzinski slowed but did not stop at the intersection, according to a
was off-duty, then made several turns on different roads before finally
turning onto Watertown Plank Road, where he accelerated to speeds
between 75 and 85 mph, records show.
The Elm Grove
officer activated his emergency lights and sirens to try to stop the
vehicle, which fled. Luzinski slowed to turn westbound onto Blue Mound
Road but then accelerated again reaching a speed of 101 mph, police
said. Luzinski lost control on Blue Mound Road at Terrace Drive and
finally came to a complete stop at a red traffic signal, having led
police on a 1.7 mile-pursuit, according to documents.
the Luzinski a field sobriety test after noticing his bloodshot eyes
and slurred speech, and then gave him a breath test that showed his
blood-alcohol level was 0.19, the criminal complaint states. That is
more than twice the level of 0.08 considered proof of intoxication in
noted that Luzinski admitted to being an Oak Creek police officer, did
not remember leaving the bar and was apologetic throughout the traffic
Luzinski was charged Monday and posted his $1,500 bail later that day. He is due back in court March 12.