Charlotte, N.C. – (Wednesday, December 7, 2022) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Peter Lombardo was arrested for Driving While Impaired.
On Wednesday, December 7, shortly before 3:00 a.m., officers discovered a CMPD marked patrol vehicle parked in a grassy area on the side of Interstate-277 off-ramp to 12th Street. Officer Lombardo was located inside of the vehicle. He was not working in an on-duty capacity at the time of the incident and was dressed in casual clothing. He was operating his assigned, take-home, marked vehicle. During the investigation sobriety tests were administered. An Intoxilyzer test was performed and indicated a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .17, exceeding the North Carolina legal limit of .08.
Officer Lombardo was arrested and charged with Driving While Impaired. CMPD's Internal DWI Policy states that any officer arrested with a BAC above .14 will be cited for termination. Officer Lombardo has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the CMPD Internal Affairs Investigation.
Officer Lombardo was hired May 19, 2008 and is currently assigned to the Eastway Division.
The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office.
Message from Chief of Police Johnny Jennings:
"This officer endangered the public in the same vehicle that our community entrusted us to serve and protect in. It is a symbol of trust. I will not tolerate any representative of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department who jeopardizes the community's trust in what we do every day and the standards we are sworn to uphold. We will allow Internal Affairs to conduct its thorough investigation, and I have complete faith that the outcome of this situation will be just."