Avondale animal control officer arrested for allegedly driving under the influence
TEMPE, Ariz. – 37-year-old Matthew Hoffman, an Avondale animal control officer, has been taken into custody for allegedly driving while intoxicated.
Tempe police spokesman Lt. Mike Pooley said that the vehicle ultimately struck a curb and fire hydrant.
On Wednesday, Hoffman was taken into custody by Tempe police after receiving 911 calls related to an Avondale police vehicle that was driving erratically in a parking lot near Broadway and Price roads.
Responding police officers found the vehicle damaged and they made contact with Hoffman. According to Pooley, a driving under the influence investigation was done and Hoffman showed signs of intoxication.
Sgt. Mathew Hintz with the Avondale Police Department said that Hoffman was in full uniform and was travelling in an Avondale police vehicle when the accident happened. He also said that Hoffman was in Tempe on a business-related matter.
Hoffman has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation and according to Hintz, the Avondale Police Department is fully cooperating for the investigation.
In 2010, Hoffman was made famous when he saved a big tortoise that was walking down the middle of the street near 107th Avenue and Indian School Road in Avondale.
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