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PBC Fire Rescue captain threatened officers, ‘insisted' on being arrested for DUI, police say

Posted at 2:59 PM, Nov 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 10:07:51-05

Update: A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue captain is accused of making lewd remarks and threatening officers after he was arrested for failing to comply with a breath test for driving erratically, recently released documents show.

Captain AJ O’Laughlin “insisted that he be arrested” after Boynton Beach Police Officers pulled him over for suspicion of driving under the influence on Nov. 9, according to a police report. 

911 received a call from a driver at 3:45 p.m. saying he saw an F250 swerving in and out of traffic, cutting off vehicles and running a red light. When the officer pulled O’Laughlin over, the officer says he smelled of alcohol and was not wearing any shoes.

O'Laughlin refused to submit to a field sobriety test and was arrested, the report states. The officer reported finding pill capsules in O'Laughlin’s truck.

While in a holding cell at the police department, officers say O'Laughlin used profanity and fell on the ground several times, hitting his head. He threatened to harm the officials evaluating his injury, documents show.

Original story: Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Captain A.J. O’Laughlin was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

Jail records show Boynton Beach Police Officers arrested O’Laughlin and booked him into the Palm Beach County Jail around 8:50 p.m. He was released on his own recognizance around 1:15 a.m. Friday morning.

PBCFR hired O’Laughlin in 1992 and his current salary is $134,000, county records show.