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Arlington officer facing internal probe for run-in with Key West police

Posted by Brock Parker  November 5, 2012 12:04 PM

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An Arlington Police officer is facing an internal investigation here after he allegedly interfered with police and verbally threatened an officer while vacationing in Key West, Fla., last week.

Michael H. Wesley, 43, a police officer in Arlington for more than eight years, was placed in handcuffs but avoided being arrested for the incident on Oct. 30 in which Key West police said he appeared intoxicated, verbally threatened a female police officer and resisted being taken into custody.

After learning of the officer’s alleged behavior, Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan said he has offered an apology to Key West Police and assigned an internal investigation into Wesley’s conduct.

“Suffice it to say, if the allegations in the report are proven to be true, his conduct is appalling and extremely disrespectful to fellow police officers, particularly women police officers,” Ryan said.

Wesley could not be reached for comment. He is due back from his vacation this week, Ryan said Monday.

The incident was reported over the weekend by the Your Arlington site.

According to a Key West Police report, Wesley interfered with police around 1 a.m. on Oct. 30 when a woman he was with was intoxicated and taken into custody.

Wesley informed Key West Police that he was a police officer and put his hand on an a Key West officer’s chest to prevent him from taking his friend into custody, according to the report. Police told Wesley that even if he was a police officer he would be arrested if he touched the Key West officer again.

Once police had taken Wesley's friend into custody,Wesley stood in front of their patrol car yelling vulgarities and then insulted and threatened a female officer with an obscenity-laced rant, according to the report.

Police ordered Wesley to the ground and he refused. When police tried to place Wesley in handcuffs he pulled his arm away before an officer was able to take control of Wesley’s arm and place him in custody, according to the report.

Key West Police spoke by phone with Arlington Police to confirm Wesley’s employment and convey the off-duty officer’s behavior. Key West police then removed Wesley’s handcuffs and informed him that he would not be charged. But police did provide a report of the incident to Arlington Police.

Ryan said he takes the incident seriously and Wesley will be held accountable for his conduct.

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