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CPD Blue: Troxel Drug Test Negative, Charges Dropped

Tests results from the Idaho State Lab show that Lake City High School football coach Van Troxel’s urine tested negative for drugs, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department announced this afternoon. Initially the police department anticipated the test results would take two weeks for the lab to process. Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wendy Carpenter apologized for the “regrettable circumstance” and said in a press release that the police officer who made Saturday’s driving under the influence arrest of Troxel acted in good faith and without malice. Yet the press release said Officer Andy Sterling has been an officer for less than 2 years and with “experience and training he will be better able to detect someone who is under the influence verses someone who is tired.” “I will never have an officer apologize for doing their job in good faith,” she wrote. “I have personally apologized to Van Troxel as Chief of Police.” The city attorney is in the process of dismissing the charges, the release said.

Full story by Erica Curless/Spokesman-Review here, Sgt. Christie Wood’s press release here.

Question: Are you satisfied with the way this case was handled?


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