San Luis Obispo County

CHP officer arrested for DUI in July remains on active duty

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A San Luis Obispo County based California Highway Patrol officer remains on active duty, despite a July arrest for two counts of driving under the influence. 

48-year-old officer Gary Dana was arrested July 27 for DUI, including having a blood alcohol level of .15, nearly twice the legal limit. Dana was never booked into jail or had a mugshot taken. 

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office confirmed they did not receive any reports or records of the officer's DUI arrest, telling us it is all handled internally by the California Highway Patrol.

CHP confirms this is an active investigation and did not release any details on the arrest.

Despite a DUI arrest, Dana remain on active duty, including being out on regular patrols. 

"I think that's what most people's concern is: you have somebody who is charged to go out there and remove impaired drivers from the roadway and keep us safe and in light of these circumstances, it tarnishes that," said CHP Lt. Mike Brown.

"We have the utmost responsibility to go out there, regardless if its our ow employees coming in under the influence or a member of the public under the influence, our number one priority is keeping people safe," Brown said.

Dana is scheduled to appear in court for further arraignment October 17.

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