Authorities in Rhode Island say a fellow law enforcement officer is under investigation for allegedly sending lewd messages to a woman he had recently stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence.
According to WPRI, East Greenwich Police Department officer Scott Cole could lose his job in connection with the traffic stop he conducted in July.
The 27-year-old driver filed a complaint with the agency about a month later, police reports indicate, and claimed the officer contacted her via text and voicemail later on the same day of the stop.
In one text message, Cole allegedly told the woman that he wanted to lighten her spirits in the aftermath of her arrest, as reported by the New York Post.
He informed her that he had also faced a similar charge, telling her that “it’s not the end of the world.”
In her complaint, the woman said she was “flabbergasted” when Cole continued to reach out to her — including one message allegedly containing a lewd message.
“He seemed to have all the control and I didn’t want to upset him,” she wrote.
Cole had already been placed on suspension with pay following his own DUI arrest in April, Chief Stephen Brown confirmed.
Reports indicate the suspect had been with the agency for about two years when he was involved in a collision in West Warwick that led to the arrest.
At that time, Brown described him as a “very good officer” with no disciplinary history in the department.
The misdemeanor trial against the woman he is accused of messaging has since been postponed, court records show.
[Featured image: Scott Cole, East Greenwich Police Department]