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DENVER — An Aurora police officer was arrested on drunken driving charges and has been placed on paid leave, the Aurora Police Department said.

Lt. Leland Silver was arrested in the early morning of Oct. 16 at West Colfax Avenue and Bannock Street in Denver.

He’s accused of driving under the influence and careless driving, the summons and complaint document says.

The Aurora Police Department said Silver is on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

According to a probable cause statement, Silver was off-duty at the time. He was found passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle while it was stopped shortly after 3 a.m.

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The vehicle was in gear and the engine was running, according to the probable cause statement.

Leland “displayed numerous indicia of impairment including a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath and bloodshot and watery eyes,” according to the statement.

Silver told the arresting officer he “had maybe a drink earlier” during the Broncos game against the New York Giants.

Leland refused a field sobriety test and was arrested. Results of a blood test were pending.

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