Failing to Heed Own Advice, Officer Gets DUI After Crashing D.A.R.E. Trailer

Some people live by example, using their words and deeds to instruct and inspire others. Others rely on that old adage, "Do I say, not as I do."

That pretty sums up the actions of a police officer in Indiana, who faces drunk driving charges after his pickup truck sideswiped a parked car before crashing into a tree, reports NBC affiliate WAVE.

It was 10:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. As Scott and Tina Phillips were about to go to sleep at their home in Salem, a city about 100 miles south of Indianapolis, they heard a crash outside their window.

"It was so loud," Tina Robbins said. "I was out of the bed on the floor within a split second."

State police were summoned and discovered that 38-year-old John Newcomb, a police officer in the nearby city of Seymour, had wrapped his truck around a tree.

It didn't take long for investigators to suspect that alcohol was involved.

Tina Robbins said that Newcomb was sitting outside his wrecked vehicle when the couple noticed something else about the trailer Newcomb's truck was towing.

"It said D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and Seymour Police Department, which made me think he was a police officer," Scott Robbins said.

Not only is Newcomb a police officer, WAVE reports, but he is responsible for leading lectures at seven area schools on the effect that narcotics and alcohol have on driving.

"He's not setting a good example for kids that see this," Scott Robbins said.

Newcomb is charged with operating while intoxicated and was booked into Washington County Jail.

No word yet on whether he will be keeping his job with the Seymour Police Department.




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rbrtkyte

Yet again another dumbazz cop makes it as a stand up guy ,And someone needs to explain to me how you can possibly drink (even responsibly) at a bar and then drive home without getting a du.i again?

August 29 2011 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mhsden

To bad dare is such a joke a cop here just got a DUI was droped to DWAI he got put on a desk job for a mo when he should have been fired and tossed in jail hes suposed to know better right ?

August 01 2011 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ladn4b

Don't worry, in my area two cops were brought up on charges related to alochol and breaking the law and poof! the Union got them off, no jail time, no crushing of "their" futures permanantly like you and I would have. The Sheriff said "this is very unfortunate" Can you believe that? Then a State police officer looses a dog on a 20 foot leash in the woods, and do you think he looses his job? hell no! a $50K police dog, but we make a mistake and WE get our lives destroyed, even when we cause no damage, no dollars and no injuries! These are the above the laws people, Anarchy is coming and none to soon!!

August 01 2011 at 3:35 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Jeanette

Must be a D.A.R.E. officer thing. One of the two officers who taught the program in my kids' school incorrectly identified a peace pipe as a bong and had to look up and report back the next day as to whether or not Mary Jane is a slang term for marijuana. The other used to pop in when teens were partying and tell them she'd be back--and when she came back, they'd better have an offering of some of their "party favors" in order to avoid being busted. She was nailed having sex in the station on a couple of occasions and finally was caught in the back seat of a cruiser with the chief--trapped since the back doors don't open from the inside. :-) His wife divorced him and he married the D.A.R.E. officer. Not exactly shining examples for the kids to emulate.

August 01 2011 at 2:41 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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sefsf

you made that up , saw it off super troopers... what a moron. there's no difference between a pipe , bong , joint... it all smokes weed

August 01 2011 at 2:54 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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rbrtkyte

oh contrare !! There IS a difference! a joint is a paper cigarette pipe is ,well a pipe duhh ,and the bong is a waterfilled smoking apparatus and yes I beleive what the other poster said becuase it happens ALL the time! Now if they would just legalise it so we could ALL enjoy it .

August 29 2011 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
tony

Dana be correct, alcohol IS A DRUG. When some 1 says drugs & alcohol, that shows that they are idiots and don`t know what they be flapping about. It`s like if I said what is you`re pin number. MORONS. & as for the cops, they are no better then any 1 else, they just think they are.

August 01 2011 at 2:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
likewhat

People who are commenting on the example to the DARE program, just wanted to say that as a person who went through the DARE program some 15 years ago or so, that program is bulls#@#t, sadly, they do NOT teach our youth properly about drugs, addiction, etc. They told us that drugs make you dizzy and they are bad....I hope the program is truthful and more informative now, but I highly doubt that. The youth need a real education on drugs and sec to avoid the mistakes that many people make with them. I remember being confused and thinking, why do people use them if it just makes you dizzy?

August 01 2011 at 1:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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sefsf

Actually there's a movement to change DARE's name. If you think about it DARE the name almost seems like they DARE you to drugs which is taboo and kids love to explore the taboo. I woulda never even known about drugs if it wasnt for DARE or be addicted to them like I am now. Thanks DARE!

August 01 2011 at 2:56 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Ken

Are you REALLY blaming DARE for your drug addiction??

Stop making excuses and grow up.

August 01 2011 at 5:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
WINNER!!!!!!

I am just NOT surprized. What a BoneHead! Another fine example of our Tax Dollars at work or ...what was he thinking!!!

August 01 2011 at 1:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ernestineld

He should have his ass kicked by all the students he lectured to and lose his license for life. what a piece of chit.

August 01 2011 at 1:12 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
daveovid1

Dont worry ,the union will get him out of it.

August 01 2011 at 1:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
daveovid1

Type your comment hereDont worry,the union will get him out of it.

August 01 2011 at 1:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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