A police officer in Colorado has found himself in a bit of legal trouble after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The arrest happened just a few days before Christmas, on December 21.

According to reports, a sergeant with the Breckenridge Police Department saw a car driving down the road well after dark — close to midnight — without its headlights on. He suspected that the driver was under the influence and pulled the car over.

When the sergeant talked to the driver, he realized that they worked together as members of the BPD. The driver was not on duty at the time, but he was a fellow officer.

The sergeant did not want to create a conflict of interest, so he then contacted the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and asked them to assist him. Deputies responded to the scene and made the arrest. They also picked up the investigation where the BPD officer left off.

The man who was arrested is 24 years old. He is from Breckenridge. Officers took him to the Summit County Jail and booked him both for driving with the headlights off and for allegedly driving under the influence. He got out the following day when he posted bond.

Cases like this can grow complex, as evidenced by the mere fact that the officer who made the stop did not want to make the arrest. They can also have a drastic impact on someone’s future and their career. It is important for anyone facing such serious accusations to know what legal defense options they have.