Speeder Who Busted Cop on Video Leads to Potential Change in St. Louis County

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This video shows Lucas Lamb taunting a cop after filming the officer drinking at an MMA fight -- and it could lead to a policy change in St. Louis County.

It's been more than a month since Lucas Lamb got pulled over by an off-duty cop on his way to a MMA match in Fenton, only to catch the very same cop drinking beer at the match before driving off in his patrol car. It's been nearly as long since Lamb first filed a complaint against the cop against in question.

But it looks like Lamb may have finally gotten the attention of the St. Louis County Police Department -- and you can credit that to Lamb's use of a video camera.

A series of videos showing the officer drinking, and then driving away while being taunted by Lamb, quickly went viral after RFT staff writer Nicholas Phillips broke the story on August 31. Lamb's video taunting the cop was picked up by KSDK and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, too.

And as St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch told the Post-Dispatch on Sunday, the department is now weighing a policy to address the issue of officers drinking while driving their patrol cars. Up 'til this point, there has been no such policy on the books.


And while that wasn't exactly Lamb's original goal in pursuing the matter, he says he's happy to hear that the department is weighing the issue. "It's nice to know that now it may not be legal for them to drink and drive in their patrol cars," he tells Daily RFT. "I was hoping they'd fire the guy. But this is a step in the right direction."

Lamb filed an internal complaint soon after the incident, but decided to share his story after becoming convinced the department wasn't taking the matter seriously. Interviewed by Lt. Matthew O'Neill, Lamb was grilled about the fact that he'd gotten a ticket from the officer he was complaining about. As the 31-year-old Lamb told Phillips in the initial story, "He was thinking I had an agenda...I almost felt like I was the criminal by the time the meeting was over." It didn't help that, even though Lamb gave O'Neill contact information for a friend who was there on the night in question, no one ever followed up.

But what a difference a little media attention can make! Lamb says he's since received a letter from O'Neill saying that the investigation is open and could take up to 90 days, or even longer, for the department to investigate.

"I'm definitely getting a better response from them than I did the first time," Lamb tells us. "He wouldn't be held accountable if not for me taking this to the media. I wouldn't have heard another thing about it."


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Rae
Rae

Illegal to drink and drive the patrol car how about illegal to drink and drive period.. And of course the would try and say its some type of retaliation because the cop gave this kid a speeding ticket.. So what if it was, if the cop wasnt doing anything wrong he would have a card to play with!!!!

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MandoMadMan
MandoMadMan

Like a MD friend of mine once said, "There's scoundrels in every profession."

KITTY
KITTY

Well, they should ban cops from drinking beer in their patrol cars. After all, beer and donuts taste awful together.

wiseguy
wiseguy

It's real simple, if your a cop and want to drink, drive your own damn car! Your not going to get a DUI from your buddies anyway...and for the record, if you make a traffic stop while on a date, your a "dick" regardless of the days events! I wonder if she will go out with him again?

Steve Wiebe
Steve Wiebe

Sounds to me like this lieutenant Oneill is the one to fault for the county officers losing their take-home vehicle privileges. Maybe next time he will not talk down to someone that is filing a complaint.

JJ
JJ

Never met a cop that wasn't a wacko at heart. Gotta have a BIG gun to prove I'm a man and to get a woman.

BoulevardHeights
BoulevardHeights

Many cops believe that they are allowed to do things that normal citizens aren't allowed to do.  When you dare to remind them that they are subject to the same laws we are, man, they get angry!  Why do cops get so angry at the thought that they are equal to citizens?  Maybe because it challenges their widely-held notion that they are NOT equal to citizens, but better than us?

Mmmill528
Mmmill528

I couldn't agree more about police culture. But most of use believe that we are "smarter" than the laws and should be able too interpret & live by thier meaning. This is much stronger in police but I think his feelings toward the cop were based more on a sense of having been wronged by recieving a ticket than anything else. In his quest for revenge he happens too have exposed an interesting question. WE are allowed too drive after having consumed alcohol up too a specific BAC% and I think police should be subject to the same laws on that. Lets not forget that the police are there FOR us and our problems with our laws need to be adressed through legislature. If he thought the copy was drunk he should have called the cops to have that law enforced

Tkdwilson
Tkdwilson

Normal citizens can't have a beer and drive? There is no regulation about driving the patrol car after having a beer, no evidence the officer was drunk. The guy got a ticket from the cop or this wouldn't have been an issue. There is no indication the cop acted above the law.

Enjr80
Enjr80

I personally know Lucas, though I have not talked to him a lot in the past 10 years, and honestly can say that this would not have been his agenda. Luke was pi**ed off that the officer was acting "Above The Law" by drinking and driving, let alone doing it while in a government vehicle. We, as taxpayers, should be against this. Who do you think pays for the patrol cars? We are not allowed to drink & drive in our own personal vehicles, why should an officer of the law be allowed to not only drink & drive but to drive a vehicle that was purchased by taxpayers?  Luke has no problem paying the speeding ticket that was cited to him, he is questioning the legality of the ticket  considering the officer was off duty, in plain clothes, and could have possibly been drinking prior to the citation being written.  I'm sorry, these are even questions that I would want answers to before I paid a ticket in this situation.

BoulevardHeights
BoulevardHeights

Maybe this cop didn't act above the law.  He did drive his official police car while off-duty, he did pull someone over while off-duty with a date in the car.  He did buy at least one bucket of beers while at the fights.  He did drive away, right after the fights, after presumable having drunk said beers.  While that may not be acting above the law, it's definitely acting irresponsibly, which is doubly bad when you're a sworn enforcer of the law.

But no, earlier, I was speaking quite generally about cops. There is just a general belief among many of them that they can get away with stuff.  There are individual cases like the cop in IL speeding without sirens on, who killed those young girls, or the lady cop so drunk she couldn't tell she was in wrong-way traffic; she also ended people's lives.  But at what point do many individual cases converge into a general climate where police feel they won't get in trouble when they break "minor" laws?  It takes a cop to discipline, detain or arrest a cop, and what cop's going to do that to his brethren?  

This won't stop until police officers realize that the oath they swore to uphold also requires them to rat out other cops who break the law, even as cutthroat as that is.  That's the only way a system of police can work properly - they must be prepared to tell on other cops.

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