BETHEL — The arrest of Andrew Murphy, a Connecticut state trooper out of Troop A in Southbury, for DUI over the weekend comes as several state police officers have been charged with wrongdoing over the last two years.
Bethel police allege Murphy, 33, repeatedly ignored an officer’s commands not to drive, after the patrolling officer found him standing and struggling to keep his balance in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven around 2:10 a.m. Sunday.
Instead, police claim, Murphy told the officer to “watch this,” got in his car and drove about a mile to his house, driving at around 10 mph and swerving, according to a copy of the incident report.
Police detained Murphy in the driveway and conducted a field sobriety test, during which the officer claims Murphy repeatedly told him he was a state trooper and claimed the officer was hurting “one of your own,” using an expletive.
Murphy was processed and released on $500 bond after he was briefly transported to Danbury Hospital early that morning, according to the report. He was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, disobeying the signal of an officer and interfering with an officer, and is due to appear in Danbury Superior Court Monday.
His arrest comes after a string of alleged incidents involving officers in the Connecticut State Police force.
In 2019, state police arrested Sgt. John McDonald, a member of the Western District Major Crimes Squad, after he drove through a stop sign and crashed into a car carrying a woman and her daughter. Police allege McDonald, who like Murphy worked out of the Troop A barracks in Southbury, downed a eight drinks at an Oxford brewery during a retirement party for another officer before getting behind the wheel.
State police said McDonald remains on administrative suspension. Last month, he pleaded nolo contendere to two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment as part of a plea deal allowing him to avoid jail time. He is also being allowed to take a pretrial alcohol education program to have the DUI charge against him dismissed.
In March last year, state police arrested Trooper Shaquille Williams, a patrol officer out of Troop I in Bethany for DUI after they found his cruiser pulled off the side of I-84 in Waterbury. A 911 caller spotted the vehicle and told police the car had its hazard lights on and the driver was either asleep or unresponsive.
State police said officers performed a field sobriety test of Williams, which he failed. In body-cam footage of the arrest, Williams admitted he “messed up” to the officers who arrested him.
He was charged with illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and released on bond.
A spokeswoman for the state’s judiciary system said the case against Williams was nolled on Dec. 3 of last year.
State police said Wednesday Williams remains on administrative suspension.