Arizona lieutenant uses racial slur and begs for release after being pulled for drunk driving


A newly obtained body camera video was shot of an Arizona sheriff’s agent using a racial slur and unhooked after a policeman pulled him in December on suspicion of drunk driving. I appealed.

ASU police reported that Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy Julian Navarret was suspended after police officers at Arizona State University observed speeding and turning in Tempe around 2 am on December 5. Navarret was reportedly out with a friend at the time of his arrest.

Video obtained by NBC affiliates when ASU officers confront an off-duty lieutenant about drunk driving KPNX Navarret said, “Yes, but I’m also a police officer,” showing that he admitted that he was.

“How much did I have to drink tonight?” Asked the officer.

“I only drink a few cups,” Navarret said.

Deputy Sheriff Julian Navarret of Pinal County has been the subject of an internal investigation after being arrested for drunk driving in Tempe in December 2020.  (Via ASU police)

Deputy Sheriff Julian Navarret of Pinal County has been the subject of an internal investigation after being arrested for drunk driving in Tempe in December 2020. (Via ASU police)

According to the footage, Navarret made the policeman blink the badge. After confirming that he was working at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, police officers asked Navarret to get out of the car.

“I played the whole game. What are you doing?” Navarret said in response. “Can someone else in the car pass this?”

ASU officials said it didn’t matter if he was an adjutant.

“Then my job is at stake, right?” Navarret said.

“Don’t you think it would put me at risk if I didn’t do this?” The policeman replied.

“Hey, I understand, can I maybe someone else put it behind the steering wheel? Mr Navalet said,” Are you holding the steering wheel? ” “Don’t endanger my f —— career.”

He begged for release again.

“This isn’t a New York guy,” said an ASU official.

“New York? N —- I’m from an Arizona guy. I’m not from New York,” he said.

Police reported that after ASU officials conducted a field drunk test, Navarret performed a drunk test and blew 0.121. The legal limit for Arizona is 0.08. Navarret was arrested on charges of drunk driving and detained at the ASU police station, the report said.

So Navarret asked the officer why he didn’t give him a pass, according to the footage.

“You couldn’t give me the opportunity to park the car. No one reported it,” he said.

“The fact that you’re telling me tells me that you shouldn’t be a cop,” the cop said.

A spokesperson for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office told KPNX that Navalet was placed on the first modified mission. Meanwhile, he was forbidden to drive a police car and rode with another agent while seeking service on a regular basis.

However, as of Monday, a spokesman said Navarret had returned to his normal mission.

A spokesperson declined to comment further, but said, “Deputy Secretary Navalet is currently the subject of an internal investigation related to the case and therefore cannot discuss the case.”

“Our officers treated themselves in a professional way, like any subject they encountered,” ASU police said in a statement.

Navarret told the news station that he didn’t want to make a statement at this time.

Efforts to reach Navalet by phone on Tuesday were unsuccessful.