Crime & Courts

CMPD officer charged with DWI faces new charges

Richard Dale Andringa
Richard Dale Andringa

The veteran Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer charged last week with driving while impaired faces new charges after police say he had alcohol in his police cruiser.

Police have charged Richard Andringa, 49, with having an open container of alcohol and transporting spirituous liquor in other than the manufacturer’s unopened original container. Police found a container of liquid in the cup holder of his cruiser. On Thursday, police said it tested positive for the presence of alcohol.

Andringa remains on administrative leave with pay after police say he ran into the rear tire of a truck while responding to a traffic accident last Friday. He was arrested and charged with driving while impaired and drinking while operating a law enforcement vehicle.

Andringa’s eyes were red and his blood alcohol level was 0.09, court records show.

Andringa has been a CMPD officer since November 1988.

Jonathan McFadden