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Police Officer Suspended for Six Months After Drunk Driving Arrest

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A veteran New Haven police officer has been suspended for six months without pay following his drunken driving arrest.

The Board of Police Commissioners on Thursday suspended 12-year veteran James Evarts, but stopped short of firing him as Chief Frank Limon recommended.

Evarts’ supporters, including the police union, said the punishment was excessive for an officer with no prior disciplinary problems.

Union President Sgt. Louis Cavaliere tells The New Haven Register the suspension will be appealled.

Evarts called in sick to work in July and was later pulled over in Old Saybrook and charged with drunken driving. He had his gun in the vehicle at the time.

Limon says police are held to a higher standard.
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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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