Detroit Police Commander charged in alleged drunk driving vehicle accident on city's east side

Posted at 3:02 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 15:05:34-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Wayne County prosecutors charged a Detroit Police commander Tuesday for his involvement in an alcohol related vehicle accident on the city's east side.

Third Precinct Commander Johnny Alfred Thomas, 48, was charged with operating while impaired - operating with a high BAC and possession of a firearm while under the influence.

On Jan. 26 around 12:40 a.m., it is alleged that Commander Thomas was driving his patrol car under the influence of alcohol on Mack and St. Antoine. Thomas then allegedly hit a 48-year-old man's pickup truck, causing the truck to hit a third car that left the scene before police arrived.

Officers arrived at the scene and arrested Thomas. Officials say Cmdr. Thomas had his department-issued firearm when he was in the accident.

The 48-year-old victim was taken to a local hospital and released several hours later, police say.

Thomas' arraignment date will be confirmed when the 36th District Court reopens. The court will be closed Wednesday.