An Adams County deputy was arrested by Thornton police on suspicion of DUI, careless driving and prohibited use of a weapon.
Senior Deputy Walter Berlinski, 39, a veteran with more than 16 years at the sheriff’s office, was stopped by police at about 2 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Fairfax Street and 120th Avenue, police said.
Officers spotted Berlinski in a pickup driving erratically and at a high speed, said Matt Barnes, a police spokesman. Berlinski, who police said smelled of alcohol, completed a roadside sobriety test and was then arrested and booked.
Berlinksi refused to take a breath test or a blood test, Barnes said. A weapon, a hand gun, was found in the pickup.
Sgt. Paul Gregory, an Adams County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Berlinski has been suspended pending the outcome of the case.
In May of 2018, Berlinski was cleared by the Adams County District Attorney of any criminal charges in an officer-involved shooting. On Jan. 16, 2018, Berlinski fatally shot 27-year-old Bailey Turner.
Turner, under the influence of LSD and methamphetamine, attacked Berlinski shortly after attacking a man whose family called police for help. Berlinski used a Taser on Turner, but it had no affect. As the two fought and struggled Berlinski ordered Turner multiple times to stop, according to the DA’s report. Eventually, Berlinski shot Turner multiple times.