Two DWI-related crashes lead to two arrests with one CMPD officer arrested

CMPD Public Affairs

Charlotte, N.C. – (Saturday, January 21, 2023) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers and North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating two Driving While Impaired crashes that took place around 3:00 a.m. today on I-77 South near Arrowood Road with one crash resulting in the arrest of an off-duty CMPD officer.

CMPD Officer Marsaun Cook (DOB: 06/26/1990) was arrested for Driving While Impaired.

On Saturday, January 21, shortly before 3:00 a.m., officers responded to a call for service of a motor vehicle crash on I-77 South near Arrowood Road. Upon arrival, officers discovered Mr. Cook, who was driving his personal vehicle, had rear-ended a vehicle and noticed the smell of alcohol. There were no injuries to either driver. Mr. Cook was off duty at the time of the incident. During the investigation, sobriety tests were administered by CMPD's DWI Task Force. Upon conclusion of the tests, officers determined that probable cause existed to arrest Mr. Cook for DWI.

Mr. Cook will be placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the CMPD Internal Affairs Investigation.

While officers were managing the initial crash, another motor vehicle collided with three marked CMPD vehicles on the scene. Two of the vehicles were badly damaged, with the third vehicle sideswiped. The driver and officers sustained no injuries. The CMPD vehicles were unoccupied during the collision. The driver was believed to be driving while impaired and was later arrested and charged with Driving While Impaired. Please contact the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for any information regarding this motor vehicle crash, as they are handling this report.

Mr. Cook was hired February 20, 2017, and is currently assigned to the Education Outreach & Youth Services Division as a School Resource Officer assigned to Olympic High School. 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:

"Driving While Impaired is a serious public safety hazard. Unfortunately, our people are not immune to human error. I have been resolute about holding employees accountable for their decisions. I will not tolerate decisions made that violate the law, endanger the public and erode public trust. Any time one of our members falls short of that expectation, thereby violating our standards and internal culture, we own it, and we take immediate steps to ensure that the trust and credibility we have established is not compromised."