Off Duty Scottsdale Detective Investigated for DUI

by Aaron M. Black • November 11, 2022

Scottsdale Police are investigating Scottsdale Detective Michael Lanouar after his arrest on a DUI charge involving a crash that may have caused injuries to two people who were riding in the car that was hit. Two investigations are taking place, one for the criminal offense and the other is a Police Department internal probe.

Scottsdale Detective Under Arrest For DUI After Crash

Police said in a news release that Lanouar was off-duty driving a city-leased car at about 10 p.m. on Friday Nov. 4 when the crash occurred near Pima and Indian School roads in Scottsdale, which is not far from the Scottsdale Police Station.

Police did not state the nature or seriousness of the two injured people stating only that they were transported to a hospital.

At the outset, we must remember the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.

Lanouar’s arrest occurred as relations between law enforcement and elements of the public is controversial.

Darren Burch, a former Phoenix police officer with 30 years of experience, told KHPO news that officers involved in criminal conduct smear the reputations of law enforcement.

Once the investigation is completed, charges can be filed if necessary. The crime of driving impaired is a Class 1 misdemeanor; but causing serious physical injuries, the charge is elevated to an aggravated assault dangerous, which carries a mandatory prison sentence of 5-15 years if convicted.

A misdemeanor charge has levels, with 0.08 percent of blood alcohol level (BAC) the baseline and the higher the BAC level is, the more serious the punishment.

Because the detective was driving a city-leased vehicle, the City of Scottsdale may be open to civil lawsuits for monetary damages.

Recent DUI cases involving law enforcement

David Rhodes, recently elected as Yavapai County Sheriff with 28 years of experience as a deputy, plead guilty to impaired operation of a vessel in a boat docking mishap in Augusts 2021 at Lake Powell. Rhodes in a plea agreement for two OUI misdemeanor charges was fined $500, placed on supervised probation for one year and home confinement for two days.

Cooper Lamb, who is the son of the incumbent Pinal County’s Sheriff, entered into a plea deal and is expected to be sentenced to six months in county jail for drug impaired driving and hitting a man riding a mountain bike in July 2020. The crash in San Tan Valley inflicted severe life-changing wounds.

The plea agreement is for the maximum penalty of a misdemeanor DUI. Under Arizona law the prosecution could have added an aggravated enhancement for seriously injuring the bicyclist, which would have meant a felony aggravated assault case and state prison if convicted.

Aggravated Dangerous penalties

Raising a DUI to the aggravated assault felony level means more severe punishments including:
  • Prison BarsA mandatory minimum of 5-15 years in prison.
  • Suspension of the privilege to drive.
  • Steep fines up to six figures.
  • A term of probation that restricts freedom.
  • A term of community supervision (parole) when released from prison.

Penalties for a first-time felony Aggravated DUI conviction

A person can be charged with Aggravated DUI if:
  • They received a DUI while their license was revoked, canceled or refused;
  • They received a DUI while traveling in the wrong direction;
  • They received a DUI while ordered to have an interlock in their vehicle; or
  • They received a DUI while a child under the age of 15 is in their vehicle.
A person who is a first-time aggravated DUI defendant for driving the wrong way or having a suspended license, if convicted, can be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of four months in state prison, not county jail. The maximum prison time for a Class 4 felony is 3.75 years. After release, a lengthy term of probation for up to 10 years may be ordered by the court.

Fines and surcharges for a Class 4 felony can total $4,675.50.

In addition to imprisonment, the convicted felon can be ordered by the court to submit to substance abuse screening and must have an IID installed for at least two years to prevent the engine starting if the device registers alcohol.

Keep watching this site for updates as they occur.

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Aaron Black Phoenix DUI LawyerAaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal defense matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes, and white-collar crime cases.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI Attorney and criminal defense attorney.

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