Officer facing DUI charge no longer UA employee

2014-07-09T00:00:00Z 2014-07-09T07:30:52Z Officer facing DUI charge no longer UA employeeArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A sergeant with the University of Arizona Police Department who was charged in February with super-extreme DUI no longer works for the university.

Sgt. John McGrath’s last day of employment was July 1, said Andrea Smiley, a UA spokeswoman.

Smiley said Tuesday that because it was a personnel matter, all she could confirm “is that he no longer is an employee with the university.”

McGrath was on investigative suspension since the incident. On Feb. 1, McGrath, 27, was arrested after crashing a UA Police Department SUV into a traffic sign while on duty.

He was driving the marked vehicle when he hit a sign and a concrete wall on the Interstate 10 frontage road near Speedway shortly after 9:30 p.m., Tucson Police Department Sgt. Pete Dugan said shortly after the crash.

No one was injured.

Officers investigating the crash conducted a DUI investigation after noticing “signs and symptoms of possible impairment,” Dugan said. McGrath’s blood-alcohol content was .20 percent or greater. He was charged with super-extreme DUI, three lesser DUI charges, failure to control speed to avoid a collision and criminal damage.

McGrath had worked for the UA Police Department since 2009. In 2013, he served a year tour in Afghanistan with the Army National Guard.

Carmen Duarte

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