Aug 23, 2013 6:16 PM by Eric Ross

Jury convicts off-duty Denver officer in DUI crash

DENVER (AP) - Jurors have convicted an off-duty Denver police officer of driving drunk when he caused a rollover crash on Interstate 25 in January.

Denver District Attorney's office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough says Jessie A. Espinoza was convicted Thursday of driving while under the influence and of careless driving.

Investigators had said he sideswiped a sport-utility vehicle, which swerved into a concrete barrier and rolled onto its roof Jan. 6. Three people inside the SUV were not seriously injured.

The Denver Post reports court records show that in 1996, Espinoza pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired in Boulder. He joined the Denver Police Department in 1999, before rules were changed to disqualify police candidates with DUI convictions in the previous three years.


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