KUSA-TV reported that a volunteer firefighter on Wednesday spotted a police car from Aurora, Colo., driving erratically down a Goshen County roadway. The car reportedly was speeding, using emergency lights to pass other vehicles and trash was flying out of its window.
Goshen County Sheriff’s Capt. Brian Morehouse said the two men were heading to the funeral of two police officers recently killed in Rapid City.
Morehouse said he smelled alcohol and found beer in a cooler inside the car when he stopped them.
Officer Bradley B. Bickett was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving and speeding. Bickett’s passenger, officer Gerald Kirby, was charged with littering.
The funeral for Rapid City Police Officer Nick Armstrong, 27, is today. He died Sunday, five days after he and two other officers were shot while performing a routine stop in Rapid City.
Officer James Ryan McCandless also died in the shooting. Officer Tim Doyle was released from the hospital on Tuesday.
The suspect, 22-year-old Daniel Tiger, died one day after the shootings.