Lawrence officer suspended after supervisor detects alcohol

Officer had 0.02 BAC on duty

LAWRENCE, Ind. - A veteran Lawrence police officer was suspended for two days without pay after tests revealed he had alcohol in his system while on the job.

Authorities said a supervisor smelled alcohol on Officer Gustavo Canas’ breath during a run early Thursday morning.

The supervisor brought Canas into the station for questioning and testing. Those tests revealed Canas had a blood-alcohol content of 0.02 percent.

Deputy Chief Curtis Bigsbee said that Canas was not drunk, but the alcohol in his system was "residual," possibly from the night before.

Bigsbee said the department has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol and drugs and the department took immediate action.

"We just want to let the public know we do take each and every incident seriously. That's why the officer took the appropriate action and that's why we have followed up with them," Bigsbee said.

Lawrence Common Council member Carl Barnett said he was surprised to hear what happened.

"My reaction was shock when I first heard it because generally our police department is good, and with the things happening in Indy with the Bisard case, we definitely don't want that here in Lawrence," Barnett said. "Hopefully, the chief through his accountability practice will have something done about this."

Canas patrols the early shift from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. His two-day suspension begins on Friday.

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