Las Vegas Metro Police Department undercover officer Dave Denton was arrested in Henderson after he high-centered his vehicle on the center median of Green Valley Pkwy on November 29th 2010.
Denton, who was on-duty at time, was apparently unaware that his car was stuck and was smoking his tires when Henderson police arrived just after midnight. Denton failed several field sobriety tests, including a preliminary breath test that registered a 0.178 percent blood-alcohol content, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to a police report.
HPD states Denton became belligerent once he was taken to the Henderson Detention Center, demanding special treatment due to his “10 years on the job.” The nurse who drew Denton’s blood, which came back with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit, stated the irate drunk cursed her out through the entire procedure.
Denton’s case has been mysteriously missing from local court records, so no information as to the adjudication of his case is available.
Denton remained employed with Metro until early 2106 when he received his second DUI while on duty. The cost to taxpayers to keep an armed alcoholic in a Metro uniform after his first arrest was more than $840,000.