Posted at: 06/12/2013 5:14 PM
Updated at: 06/13/2013 7:47 AM
By: Leslie Dyste
A South St. Paul police officer has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
Officer Cory Slifko, 36, was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by Rosemount police, said Eric Werner, Rosemount Police Chief. Slifko was taken into custody at the Dakota County Jail.
He has since been released on bail. Police are recommending the case for criminal charges.
Witnesses reported that a motorist, later identified as Slifko, was driving erratically northbound on Highway 3 from Farmington into Rosemount, Werner said. Slifko's vehicle reportedly hit mailboxes, property and drove another motorist off the road.
When officers tried to pull over Slifko, he allegedly attempted to drive away before being stopped and arrested.
South St. Paul Police Chief William Messerich said, "We hold our officers to high standards, both on and off duty and the incident that took place Tuesday morning in Rosemount is very concerning to us all." Slifko has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Slifko has been an officer with the South St. Paul Police Department for 13 years, said Messerich.
This case is under investigation.