Last month, I posted on the CopBlock Network about Lt. Brian Filipiak, the cop from Michigan’s Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office whose super power was engaging in drunken incidents without suffering any sort of ramifications, legally or professionally. (Videos embedded below.)
As I detailed in that post, Filipiak had managed to be involved in at least two major incidents in which police from other departments had to intercede without any sort of negative impact on his ascent to a leadership role within the WCSO. That included one where he drove drunk to an airport to pick up his daughter, who refused to go with him, and then refused to identify himself to officers that responded to the disturbance. He also possibly drove home drunk after verbally refusing to heed the advice of those officers to get alternative transportation and then walking away in the direction of the airport’s parking garage.
Unfortunately for Lt. Filipiak, his kryptonite, like many cops, turned out to be cameras. In a video that was widely seen on the internets, Filipiak was (eventually) arrested for DUI by deputies from the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Office after numerous drivers called 911 to report him driving like a drunk asshole. He was, of course, still in the process of drinking from a bottle of booze he tried to hide in the backseat when stopped.
Not surprisingly, he tried to use the fact he was a cop to avoid the arrest continually imploring the deputies to “just let me go.” He also physically resisted to the point that the (unnamed) arresting officer had to threaten to use a taser on him to get him out of his truck. Even then, he refused to perform a field sobriety test and initially refused to consent to a breathalyzer.
Although, it wasn’t enough to make another cop who knew he was being recorded on a bodycam “just let him go,” his Super-Drunk Cop powers weren’t completely negated. Besides the aforementioned portion of the show in which he physically resisted for about fifteen minutes and was only threatened with a tasing, he also physically resisted efforts to put him in the police car after his arrest, but was not actually beaten, tased, dragged out of his truck, and possibly shot for that resistance, like any mere mortal would be . The arresting officer even states at one point that “anyone else” would have gotten a resisting arrest charge for refusing to get in the vehicle.
On Friday, Lt. Filipiak accepted a plea bargain for lesser charge and pled guilty to driving drunk. Via MLive.com:
A lieutenant from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated in connection with a drunken-driving arrest in northern Michigan.
Lt. Brian Filipiak, 47, was charged with misdemeanor operating while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 or more for an incident on Nov. 13, 2016, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge on Friday, Jan. 27, according to Montmorency County’s 88-2 District Court office.
Filipiak was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.28 and 0.27 percent – more than three times the legal limit for driving – during breath tests after his November arrest, a police report showed.
Body camera footage of the arrest showed Filipiak resisted arrest that day and his arresting officer stated in his report that “Brian would try and use that he is a Lieutenant for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office to try and persuade me by letting him go (sic).”
Michigan’s legal limit for blood-alcohol content while driving is 0.08 percent, and stiffer penalties are in place for those with a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 or more under the state’s so-called “super drunk” driving law.
He potentially could receive 93 days in jail as a result, but don’t hold your breath on that. As of right now though, it’s not yet known when he will return to court so he can be sentenced to a short probation term and a fine or exactly when he will be back out there arresting people (but not other cops) for DUI.