A Petaluma police officer who was recognized for DUI enforcement is fighting charges that he was drunk last fall when he crashed a motorized scooter at a public golf course during an annual law enforcement tournament.
Ryan McGreevy, honored for his work in 2007 by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is facing a single misdemeanor count of driving under the influence following the spill on the Rooster Run Golf Club fairway.
McGreevy, 35, a Petaluma officer for about eight years, did not appear in court for a hearing this week to discuss a possible settlement. He has pleaded not guilty and remains on active duty, said his lawyer, Michael Li.
Li said McGreevy was not asked to perform sobriety tests at the time of the crash and police took no blood or breath samples related to a DUI investigation.
“At this point in time there is no evidence as to what his blood-alcohol content was,” Li said.
Prosecutor Brian Staebell has subpoenaed records from Petaluma Valley Hospital, where McGreevy was treated for unknown injuries after the crash. Both sides will return to court March 25.
Staebell would not discuss details, citing an ongoing investigation.
However, witnesses reported McGreevy was “boisterous” and had been drinking from a red cup at the Oct. 5 tournament to benefit the department's hostage negotiation team, according to a police report.
Alcohol was served at the event, which was attended by many other officers and department brass, the report said.
McGreevy reported to the tournament after working the graveyard shift and helped with various tasks including transporting “pin-up girls” in a golf cart, the report said.
At one point, McGreevy hopped on a fellow officer's scooter and took off across a fairway, the report said.
He crashed on the fourth hole, possibly while reaching for his hat, and was taken to the hospital after onlookers called 911, the report said.