Two Denver police officers charged with DUI in recent weeks

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DENVER — Two Denver Police Department officers have been arrested on DUI charges within the past three weeks, according to court records.

In one incident, Colorado State Patrol officers pulled over DPD officer Eric Sellers on Feb. 14 in Castle Rock. Sellers was subsequently charged with DUI, careless driving and prohibited use of a firearm. The weapons charge, a misdemeanor, apparently stems from the accusation that Sellers was carrying his duty weapon while intoxicated.

Sellers has been involved in controversy before: He was suspended following a 2008 incident in which he was accused of attacking a man in LoDo. The man, a volunteer firefighter, reportedly made a sarcastic remark, to which Sellers allegedly responded by choking him, cuffing him, and ordering him to apologize for the comment if he wanted to be released.

No criminal charges were filed, but the city paid the alleged victim $45,000 to settle a civil suit.

In a separate DUI incident, DPD officerJean Keita was arrested by other DPD officers on Tuesday of this week. He failed to yield while making a left turn and collided with another vehicle, according to court records.

Keita faces charges of DUI, careless driving and failure to yield.

The Denver Police Department said both officers remain on paid duty but have been pulled off the streets until their respective cases are resolved.

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