A Des Moines police officer was charged late last week after he was pulled over for driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit, authorities said.
Brett Vanderpool, a probationary officer with the force, was arrested early Friday morning in Ankeny after he was pulled over on suspicion of driving while drunk, Sgt. Paul Parizek said. Vanderpool has been placed on administrative leave while Des Moines police conduct an internal investigation, he said.
Parizek said police officials were surprised by Vanderpool’s arrest, calling him an exceptional officer who had a lapse in judgment. He was hired as a probationary officer in January and was set to become a full-time officer Jan. 3.
Following the department’s internal investigation, Vanderpool could be suspended or terminated. Parizek said the officer was arrested with a blood alcohol concentration of .145; the legal limit in Iowa is .08.
“Everyone makes mistakes … but we set our standards high at this organization,” Parizek said. “Bottom line is, we’re not supposed to get arrested.”
Vanderpool is out on bond. He could not be reached for comment Monday morning