A Raleigh police officer was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with a “strong odor of alcohol from [his] breath,” early Monday morning, court documents say.
Vicente Kinney, 25, had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.13, more than one and a half times the legal limit of .08, when police stopped him on South Wilmington Street around 12:30 a.m. Monday.
He was charged with driving while impaired and carrying a concealed gun after or while consuming alcohol. The story was first reported by CBS17.
Kinney joined the Raleigh Police Department in April 2017 as a Police Pre-Hire Recruit. He graduated from Raleigh’s police academy to become an officer in December 2017 and was promoted to First Class Officer in May 2019, according to a Raleigh Police spokesperson.
Court documents say Kinney was “polite and cooperative.”
Kinney’s driver’s license was revoked for at least 30 days, and he was released from custody upon a written promise to appear in court, according to court documents.
The police department said Kinney was not on duty, the vehicle was not a patrol car and the weapon he was carrying was not police-issued, but declined to comment on Kinney’s job status.