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Off-duty cop arrested for drunk-driving in Moorhead

He was driving home from a bar on Thursday evening.

An eagle-eyed citizen is to thank for the arrest of a drunk-driver in Moorhead Thursday evening, which turned out to be a local cop.

Moorhead police says that Sergeant Thad Stafford, a 20-year veteran of the department, was arrested on the 2000 block of 33rd Street South at about 7:30 p.m.

Police had been called about a half-hour earlier, when a citizen saw an intoxicated man getting into a vehicle outside Mick's Office bar on 8th Street South.

Authorities knew it was Stafford's car after running his plate, and after pulling him over noticed signs of intoxication.

He's now being held in the Clay County Jail on pending DWI charges, and has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

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"The Moorhead Police Department must maintain the trust of the public we serve by being accountable and transparent," Moorhead Police Chief Shannon Moore said.

"We are entrusted to enforce the law and be examples to others. Police officers are human and make mistakes, but we are not above the law.

"Our community is safer through actions of citizens that recognize and report suspected intoxicated drivers. The officers that took part in this investigation acted appropriately and professionally."

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