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Oakland PD officer arrested on suspicion of DUI on freeway in Pleasanton

Now out of custody after posting bail for two misdemeanor counts

An Oakland police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest on Interstate 580 in the Pleasanton area late Wednesday night, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Officer Bryan Budgin, 37, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol shortly before 11:50 p.m. on eastbound I-580 at Foothill/San Ramon roads, sheriff's officials said.

Budgin was booked at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on the two misdemeanor counts but he posted $10,000 bail and is now out of custody, sheriff's officials said.

The Oakland Police Department said in a statement that it "is aware of his arrest."

Police officials didn't clarify if Budgin is on active duty or has been placed on administrative leave, saying only that, "Officer Budgin is currently employed with the Oakland Police Department."

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Budgin was one of five Oakland police officers named as defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Alameda County probation officer Olga Cortez and her husband in October 2016 for an incident at their home in the Oakland hills on Dec. 7, 2015.

The suit accuses Officer Cullen Faeth of being intoxicated and assaulting the couple while trying to get inside their home. Faeth was charged with four misdemeanor criminal counts and has since left the department.

According to authorities and court documents, before ending up at the Cortez home, Faeth, then-Sgt. Joseph Turner and two other Oakland officers were drinking at a nearby bar.

The lawsuit filed by Cortez's attorneys, John Burris and Melissa Nold, named Budgin as being one of the two other officers. However, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson dismissed Budgin as a defendant in the case in a ruling in February.

Henderson noted in his ruling that Budgin and the three others were placed on paid leave after the incident.

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Nold said Thursday that all of the officers who were involved in the December 2015 incident, including Budgin, "were extremely intoxicated." She said she may try to get Budgin reinstated as a defendant in the lawsuit if she can get conclusive evidence that he was on Cortez's property at the time, but said she's having a hard time getting information on the case from the Oakland Police Department.

-- Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

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Oakland PD officer arrested on suspicion of DUI on freeway in Pleasanton

Now out of custody after posting bail for two misdemeanor counts

Uploaded: Thu, Sep 7, 2017, 3:18 pm

An Oakland police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest on Interstate 580 in the Pleasanton area late Wednesday night, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Officer Bryan Budgin, 37, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol shortly before 11:50 p.m. on eastbound I-580 at Foothill/San Ramon roads, sheriff's officials said.

Budgin was booked at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on the two misdemeanor counts but he posted $10,000 bail and is now out of custody, sheriff's officials said.

The Oakland Police Department said in a statement that it "is aware of his arrest."

Police officials didn't clarify if Budgin is on active duty or has been placed on administrative leave, saying only that, "Officer Budgin is currently employed with the Oakland Police Department."

Budgin was one of five Oakland police officers named as defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Alameda County probation officer Olga Cortez and her husband in October 2016 for an incident at their home in the Oakland hills on Dec. 7, 2015.

The suit accuses Officer Cullen Faeth of being intoxicated and assaulting the couple while trying to get inside their home. Faeth was charged with four misdemeanor criminal counts and has since left the department.

According to authorities and court documents, before ending up at the Cortez home, Faeth, then-Sgt. Joseph Turner and two other Oakland officers were drinking at a nearby bar.

The lawsuit filed by Cortez's attorneys, John Burris and Melissa Nold, named Budgin as being one of the two other officers. However, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson dismissed Budgin as a defendant in the case in a ruling in February.

Henderson noted in his ruling that Budgin and the three others were placed on paid leave after the incident.

Nold said Thursday that all of the officers who were involved in the December 2015 incident, including Budgin, "were extremely intoxicated." She said she may try to get Budgin reinstated as a defendant in the lawsuit if she can get conclusive evidence that he was on Cortez's property at the time, but said she's having a hard time getting information on the case from the Oakland Police Department.

-- Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

Comments

Fair
Birdland
on Sep 8, 2017 at 10:33 am
Fair, Birdland
on Sep 8, 2017 at 10:33 am

Great job CHP! I'm glad the CHP played fair and put the drunk cop in jail just like any other person. For too long these cops flashed their badges and got away with too many things. They often speed and drive recklessly without being punished because they know they can get away with it. It's about time some good CHP stood up and be fair about this.


Oliver Heaviside
Registered user
Val Vista
on Sep 8, 2017 at 10:51 am
Oliver Heaviside, Val Vista
Registered user
on Sep 8, 2017 at 10:51 am

I'd like to asked the Pleasanton PD to make a public statement condemning the behavior of this cop, and Officer Jeff Payne of the Salt Lake City Police, who ARRESTED nurse Alex Wubbels IN THE ER while the nurse was doing her job and following both the law and hospital procedure. He basically kidnapped her "under cover of authority" to use the legal phrase. Totally illegal.

Pleasanton PD, either condemn this loudly and clearly, or be as guilty as Jeff Payne. Whose side are you on?


margo
another community
on Sep 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm
margo, another community
on Sep 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm

If he hadn't flashed his badge, he probably would have been shot in the back for resisting arrest.


Rudolph
Country Fair
on Sep 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm
Rudolph, Country Fair
on Sep 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm

They take care of their own. He'll get off and we won't hear of this again.


Stella
Downtown
on Sep 8, 2017 at 3:58 pm
Stella, Downtown
on Sep 8, 2017 at 3:58 pm

@Oliver Heaviside:

Why does Pleasanton Police have to make a statement on this? it wasn't them that made the arrest. Please re read and correct your mistakes.


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Sep 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Oliver,
You're out of line. Your request achieves nothing.


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