LOVELAND, Ohio (FOX19) - Loveland police released dashcam video of the arrest of a Cincinnati police captain on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
A Loveland officer pulled Captain Amanda Caton over on Loveland Miamiville Road shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
According to the incident report, there was “a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage” coming from inside her vehicle.
“I see your badge, but I’m telling you, your speech is slurred, you reek of alcohol,' Officer Jacob Salamon told her, according to the video. “You’ve put me in a bad spot.”
He determined she was operating a vehicle while intoxicated. She refused to take a blood alcohol content test.
The officer arrested her on an OVI charge, handcuffed her and drove her in a cruiser to the police station for booking. After, police released her and drove her home.
Loveland Police Chief Sean Rahe said Tuesday it’s standard procedure for officers to release people charged with minor misdemeanor, non-violent offenses such as OVI as opposed to taking them to jail.
WARNING: Video below contains language some might find offensive
Amanda Caton’s police powers are suspended pending the outcome of the case, Cincinnati police officials say. For the time being, she also cannot drive city or police vehicles, a police spokesman said Tuesday.
Lt. Steve Saunders said Caton remains in her current assignment in charge of the inspections section, which involves police detail coordination, internal audits, and drug testing.
She is scheduled to make her first court appearance at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Clermont County Municipal Court.
The cruiser camera footage released Tuesday shows both Amanda Caton and her husband, Patrick Caton insist they are not intoxicated.
Both of them had guns on them at the time of the traffic stop, according to the video and an incident report.
Patrick Caton was a passenger in the vehicle and is a lieutenant with Cincinnati Police.
Her gun was in a holster in her purse, according to the report and video. His weapon was on his hip, he told police in the video.
Officer Salamon asked for her gun, thinking she would just hand them her purse. Police were trying to secure her gun in the trunk of her car.
Instead, she took the loaded gun out and handed it to him, the report shows. He wrote that was not what he wanted her to do and also expressed that on the video.
Patrick Caton told his wife to turn on the radio and told the officer they were about four blocks from their house.
Officer Salamon responded: “You don’t understand the circumstances. Everything’s recorded. I can’t just do nothing now. You guys both reek of alcohol.”
The officer did not arrest Amanda Caton on a weapons charge. He repeatedly reminded her that he could have arrested her on a charge of weapons under disability, which is a felony, but would not, according to the video.
“Regardless, I’m not charging you for the gun,” he said.
“What?” she asked.
"I’m not going to charge you for the gun. OK? I’m not going to do that to you.”
Later in the video, the officer told Amanda Caton: “You’ve had too much to drink. You know you drank too much to drive.”
She responded: “We live just down the street.”
She said she she hadn’t had too much to drink, telling Officer Salamon: “You can follow us home if you want."
He declined: “Sorry I can’t. You know the procedure. I mean, you know how this goes then. You know. I mean it’s, it’s beyond too far. I can’t just follow you home now. You understand that? It’s nothing personal, OK, but I’m going to have to do what I have to do. I’m going to have to arrest you for drinking and driving tonight. We’ll do the paperwork.
“I’m not going to charge you for the gun. I’m not going to do that to you,” he continued. “I have too much respect for you. But I have to. I can’t not - I mean, you know what I mean? Not for this? You understand, right? You understand the position we put each other in. You by drinking at Cindy’s and driving and me by having, being the one to stop you. OK? This is my worst nightmare. I hate doing this. OK? You have a mad husband up there with a gun. OK? I’m not charging you with the gun. I’m not doing that because that would be weapons under disability, it’s a felony. I’m not going to do that to you. This we can get through though, OK?”
After Officer Salamon read her her rights, handcuffed her and placed her in a cruiser, he went back to the vehicle to inform her husband, who was still seated inside, that he was taking her to offer her a breathalyzer.
Patrick Caton was upset that police would not let them go, according to the incident report.
In the video, he continued to question the officer’s decision, saying again they were four blocks away from home.
“Officer Parks and I went to explain to Mr. Caton what was going on. I explained that I was not going to charge his wife with the firearm. Mr. Caton continued to be belligerent and confrontational.”
Officer Salamon and the other officer he had called to the scene to assist offered Patrick Caton a ride, but he declined: “I don’t want a ride from you guys.”
He got out of the vehicle, wearing what appears to be a kilt.
When he continued to question them, according to the video, Officer Shawn Parks told him: “I’m going to tell you right now, I’m not taking it. If I have to, I’ll arrest you myself. He’s doing her as much of a favor as he can.”
“No, he’s not,” Patrick Caton responded in the video.
He walked off and then returned shortly after, telling them: “Fellas, you know, I don’t know why you are doing this. I really don’t know why you are doing this" before leaving again.
On Tuesday, the chief told us it was the officer’s discretion not to additionally charge Amanda Caton with possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
In this case, the chief noted, there were no allegations that there were any threats or that the gun was being used.
Later, outside the couple’s residence after police drove Amanda Caton home following her arrest, Patrick Caton walked up to officers with clenched fists saying “you drove all the way out there to start s**t in my driveway?" according to the incident report.
Officer Salamon wrote in the incident report: “Mr. Caton continued to be belligerent and confrontational. I explained that I wanted to secure Ms. Caton’s firearm in the trunk of her car and that made him more angry. He tried to insult me and Officer Parks and he approached me in an aggressive manner to which I had to put my hand up in front of us.”
Amanda Caton stepped in front of her husband to separate him from an officer, the report goes on.
As police left and Patrick Caton was heading toward his house, Officer Salamon wrote that Patrick Caton turned around, took a few steps back toward them and said, “be sure to tell your moms that you met real cops tonight.”
We asked Chief Rahe if anyone at Cincinnati police has apologized for the incident and Patrick Caton’s behavior in particular.
The chief said they have not, but he said he been reaching out to CPD.
“I have been in constant contact with them. We are working to assist them in their administrative investigation,” he said.
The chief declined to comment when asked for his opinion of the Catons’ conduct and Patrick Caton’s treatment of Loveland officers.
Chief Rahe responded: “I think I am going to leave them up to the Cincinnati Police Department. They are running their own administrative investigation. I am sure they will handle that one.”