Posted on Aug 18, 2010
A Kansas City, MO police officer in the Internal Affairs division was cited with careless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol following an accident Friday.  The accident occurred while the officer was on duty.  Josette Young, who has been with the department since 2003, was traveling northbound on Missouri Highway 169 near Barry Road in an unmarked cruiser. 

According to witnesses, the cruiser attempted to pass another vehicle, slid through the median across the southbound lanes and ended up coming to rest off the road.  Young was transported to an area hospital.  The officer on the scene said Young had bloodshot eyes, was mumbling her words, had the odor of alcohol on her breath and was vomiting.  According to the police report Young refused a blood test.  Following the refusal of the blood test, Young was read her Miranda rights, but when asked if she understood her rights, she said she refused to understand them.

The cruiser Young was driving sustained damage to the undercarriage as well as the front and rear bumpers.  She is expected to face her charges in court in October.  Young is still on regular duty, according to police officials, but that is subject to change as the investigation moves forward. 

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