Miami police officer arrested on DUI, drug charges in Miami Beach
Christopher Vital arrested early Thursday morning
MIAMI – A Miami police officer has been arrested in Miami Beach on suspicion of drunken driving and drug possession.
Miami Beach police spokeswoman Vivian Thayer said Christopher Vital was arrested early Thursday morning.
Vital, 29, faces charges of DUI, driving with a suspended license, possession of narcotics and criminal mischief.
According to the police report, Vital was driving his BMW on the MacArthur Causeway when he sped past several emergency vehicles, reaching a speed of 100 mph.
When police conducted a traffic stop, they found marijuana, heroin and cocaine in Vital's car.
Police said Vital also banged his head on the arresting officer's partition while in the back of the cruiser, claiming he was going to blame the officer for his head injuries. Police said Vital also shattered the rear passenger side window of the cruiser and threatened to shoot himself.
Stefanie Malvin, who was a passenger in Vital's car, was also arrested on drug charges.
Last November, Vital was arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication during a Miami Dolphins game at Sun Life Stadium.
When asked if he had any comment about Vital's arrest, Javier Ortiz, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, simply said, "Pray for him."
"The Miami Police Department frowns upon the behaviors alleged in the arrest of Christopher Vital," Maj. Delrish Moss said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. "As a member of law enforcement, Mr. Vital is held to a high standard and he is now the subject of an internal administrative investigation. He has been relieved of his police duties without pay pending his termination."
Moss went on to say that the Miami Police Department "will exercise its right to take appropriate actions based on the administrative findings. This holds true even if he is found not guilty in a criminal proceeding."
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