DiIvory Edgecomb, a Hollywood cop and former star running back for the Florida Atlantic Owls, was arrested by his own department on DUI charges in September and immediately relieved of duty with pay.
Edgecomb, 27, was placed on administrative leave Sept. 30, the day of his arrest.
As is customary, he was forced to turn in his badge, department-issued gun and squad car, said Lt. Osvaldo Perez.
Edgecomb is now the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation into the case, Perez said.
Edgecomb's attorney, Alan Steven Bernstein, could not be reached for comment.
Union leader Jeff Marano described Edgecomb as a "good, solid" cop who never complained.
"He's a sweetheart," Marano said. "Comes from a law enforcement family. Always has a smile on his face. He's a great kid."
Through Marano, Edgecomb declined to comment.
According to police records, Edgecomb was driving south in the northbound lane of North 22nd Avenue in Hollywood at 1:37 a.m. Sept. 30 when he hit another car.
Driver Shantrice Shipman, who was headed north, told police that Edgecomb's car was coming toward her in the northbound lane. She swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid an accident, but the Toyota slammed into the passenger side of her car, she said. The driver did not stop, but continued driving south, she told police.
Hollywood officers found Edgecomb's grey Toyota stopped on the side of the road, less than half a mile from the crash, with a flat tire and damage to the right front side.
Edgecomb's speech was slurred, his eyes bloodshot and his breath smelled of alcohol, the police report says.
Edgecomb, hired by the department in November 2009, twice refused to provide a breath sample to police.
He also declined to participate in a roadside sobriety test or to speak with officers without his attorney present. Edgecomb was placed under arrest at 3:40 a.m. and taken to the Broward Sheriff's Office Detention Facility at Hollywood police headquarters for processing.
Edgecomb was out of jail by 2:08 p.m. the same day after posting $1,500 bond.
Edgecomb earns an annual salary of $51,771.
According to the website of the Florida Atlantic Owls, Edgecomb is the FAU record holder for single-season return yards.
In high school, he played for the American Heritage Patriots, making a name for himself as a two-time All-State player and a four-time All-County selection.
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