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Arrested Colorado Springs police officer was on variety of pain meds

BY LISA walton lisa.walton@gazett.com - Updated: June 27, 2014 at 10:17 am
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A 51-year-old police officer arrested on drug charges Tuesday had been prescribed a slew of pain medications from three doctors — a Veterans Affairs doctor, a family physician and a workmen’s compensation doctor — court documents state.

Colorado Springs police officer Jeffrey Warkocz was arrested on suspicion of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit, a Class 4 felony drug charge, the Colorado Springs Police Department said.

He also faces charges of careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and failing to report the accident to police, after crashing into a mailbox and hitting a curb on his way home from work, court documents state.

Warkocz was taking OxyContin, oxycodone, oxymorphone and hydromorphone to ease pain stemming from a shoulder injury suffered on the job, in addition to back pain, according to court documents.

His doctors reported that they were not aware he was being prescribed pain medicine from other offices, court documents state.

In the early morning of April 19, about 30 minutes after leaving work, Warkocz pulled into his garage. Smoke was rising from his car, which was damaged, prompting his wife to call police, court documents state.

She said Warkocz was delusional, didn’t know who he was, and needed help with his pain medicine.

According to court documents, a DUI officer evaluated Warkocz after the crash and said he did not appear to be under the influence of prescription drugs.

Warkocz, who has been with the police department since 2002, is set to be arraigned on Aug. 1 on the careless driving charges.

He was placed on administrative leave with pay, police said. He will be advised in court Wednesday on the drug charges.

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