2 officers in Fla. fired for drinking on the job

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Posted: Jul 08, 2011 3:24 PM
2 officers in Fla. fired for drinking on the job

Authorities say a police officer in Florida has been fired for drinking on the job shortly before his all-terrain vehicle struck and injured two people.

According to a press release, another officer who was not involved in the crash but failed a breath-alcohol test also was fired Friday.

Police say Derick Kuilan and Rolando Gutierrez had been drinking at a hotel Sunday instead of patrolling their beats. Authorities say Kuilan got on his ATV with a woman around 5 a.m. The two pedestrians were hit soon after.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's office is investigating the crash.

Attorneys for Kuilan and Gutierrez declined to comment Friday. A spokesman for the Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police, Sgt. Alejandro Bello, said it would be inappropriate to comment because the investigation is ongoing.