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City police sergeant faces DUI charges

Citizen Staff

A sheriff’s official says the officer crashed an all-terrain vehicle on the far Southeast Side and was hurt seriously.

By IRENE HSIAO

ihsiao@tucsoncitizen.com

A Tucson police sergeant faces three charges of driving under the influence stemming from an off-duty all-terrain vehicle crash in January.

Sgt. Jack Woolridge, an East Side patrol officer who was hired by the department in January 1986, is on “normal duty status,” said Sgt. Judy Altieri, a Tucson police spokeswoman.

Authorities got a call at 1:45 a.m. Jan. 11 in the 12000 block of East Camino Aurelia, near Corona de Tucson, on the far Southeast Side. There, authorities found Woolridge with life-threatening injuries after his all-terrain vehicle overturned on a driveway, said Pima County sheriff’s traffic Sgt. Karl Woolridge.

The two Woolridges are not related.

Jack Woolridge, 39, was charged with DUI, DUI with a blood-alcohol concentration over 0.08 percent and extreme DUI, the sheriff’s Woolridge said, adding that the blood-alcohol content was 0.158 percent.

Jack Woolridge did not arrive at the location to which he was driving, prompting a call to authorities from friends.

He appeared to have been out in the cold for about 45 minutes after the ATV overturned and he showed signs of intoxication, Karl Woolridge said.

Police will conduct an administrative review.

Woolridge’s next court date is May 11, according to the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court Web site. Attempts to contact Woolridge were unsuccessful.

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