A 13-year veteran of the South St. Paul Police Department was more than twice the legal limit when he was allegedly found driving all over the road, causing damage to property along his route and fleeing police, charges filed Friday said.
According to the criminal complaint, 36-year-old Cory Slifko, a police sergeant, of Farmington was driving his personal black SUV northbound on Highway 3 near Rosemount when another driver reported the vehicle to police around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The driver told dispatchers that the "SUV went off the road, drove through a ditch, hit a number of mailboxes and signs and nearly ran a semi-truck off the road," the complaint states.
Rosemount police officer Ryan Coughlin spotted the SUV significant front-end damage and a side-mirror hanging as it was stopped at a red light at Co. Rd. 42.
After the light turned green, Slifko's vehicle crossed over the fog line, went up onto the curb and then returned to the roadway, according to the Rosemount officer.
Coughlin turned on his overhead lights in an attempt to stop the SUV when it swerved, drove over the curb into the Kwik Trip gas station parking lot and struck a trailer connected to another vehicle, hit several gas pumps and exited the parking lot.
After making several more attempts to stop the SUV, Coughlin eventually executed a PIT maneuver and was able to push the vehicle up against the curb once out of the parking lot.
When questioned by the officer, Slifko smelled strongly of alcohol and said he was "very tired." Slifko claimed he was on his way home and had four to five drinks about four to five hours prior.
A breath test indicated that Slifko's blood-alcohol level was 0.175 percent, well over Minnesota's legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Slifko was booked into the Dakota County Jail and released Tuesday after posting $30,000 bail, according to the Pioneer Press.
He's been charged with felony fleeing a police officer, two counts of fourth-degree driving while impaired and criminal damage to property.
Slifko was put on paid administrative leave from the police department.