Roseville officer pulled over driving wrong way in Ferndale gets fine

By: Bria Brown, Mike Koury | C&G Newspapers | Published January 22, 2018

 David Raymer

David Raymer

FERNDALE/ROSEVILLE — A Roseville police officer who was involved in a suspected intoxicated driving incident pleaded guilty to careless driving and will have to pay a fine.

David Raymer pleaded guilty to careless driving during a court appearance Jan. 16 at the 43rd District Court in Ferndale. District Court Judge Joseph Longo fined Raymer $265.

Raymer’s attorney, Douglas Gutscher, could not be reached for comment by press time.

Raymer, who was off-duty at the time, was involved in a Nov. 9 incident where he was pulled over by Ferndale police while driving southbound on northbound Woodward Avenue.

A Ferndale police vehicle flashed its lights and pulled in front of Raymer in order to get him to come to a stop, according to Ferndale police video of the incident. The officer who stopped Raymer identified him as part of the Roseville Police Department and suspected him and his passenger in the vehicle of being intoxicated, according to Ferndale police.

Instead of placing Raymer under arrest, a Ferndale police lieutenant was notified of what happened, and that person reportedly ordered the driver and passenger to be brought to the Ferndale Police Department. They were later driven home, according to Ferndale police.

After the incident was brought to the attention of Ferndale police administrators, an internal investigation was launched and a complaint was filed in late November for Raymer, who turned himself in Dec. 6 on a charge of reckless driving.

A press release from the Ferndale Police Department states that the lieutenant in charge that night was given a one-day suspension for his actions.

“The lieutenant — who has an otherwise lengthy and exemplary history with our department — has taken full responsibility and understands the seriousness of his actions,” said Ferndale Police Chief Tim Collins in the statement. “It remains our goal to ensure that we act with integrity, in ways that are worthy of our community’s trust.” 

As for Raymer’s standing in the Roseville Police Department, Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said Jan. 17 that Raymer has had internal disciplinary action.

“He’s still off work, but it’s no longer administrative leave. It’s a disciplinary action resulting from this incident,” said Berlin. 

Berlin also said Raymer has not been terminated from the department.

“He has been punished and has received internal discipline. He hasn’t been terminated,” he said.