A veteran D.C. police captain was arrested Sunday night and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic accident in Southeast Washington, according to a department spokesman.
Capt. Paul Shelton, who has worked in the department for nearly 30 years and is assigned to the 7th District station, has had his police powers revoked, the spokesman said. Authorities said Shelton was off-duty and in his personal vehicle when he was arrested.
The incident occurred about 9:40 p.m. in the 2300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, at the intersection of Interstate 295.
Lt. Sean Conboy, a police spokesman, said Shelton’s vehicle struck another car from behind, which in turn struck a third vehicle. He said that one of those vehicles belonged to the U.S. government.
No injuries were reported, and Shelton was issued a citation, meaning he was processed from a police station and did not have to make an initial court appearance on Monday. Citations are routine for DUI cases unless the incident involves an accident with serious injuries or other extenuating circumstances.
Shelton did not respond to an attempt to reach him for comment.