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Fredericksburg Police Captain Reassigned After Internal Investigation

Capt. Rick Pennock was pulled over in Spotsylvania County for a "presumptive DUI."

Fredericksburg Police Department.  Photo by Susan Larson.
Fredericksburg Police Department. Photo by Susan Larson.
A Fredericksburg police captain was stopped for suspected drunk driving and has been reassigned from his position commanding the department's patrol division, officials with the Fredericksburg Police Department confirmed Friday. 

Capt. Rick Pennock, a 29-year-veteran of the force, was pulled over in Spotsylvania County for a "presumptive DUI" on Nov. 24, according to Natatia Bledsoe, public information officer for the Fredericksburg department.

"Capt. Pennock was not arrested on that stop," Bledsoe said.  "I have no details about the traffic stop except that Capt. Pennock was detained and that it was a presumptive DUI investigation. He was driven home from the stop by a co-worker who was off-duty at the time."

"This incident is sill under investigation." said Capt. Jeffrey Pearce, spokesperson for the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office.  "I can't release any other information at this time."

An internal investigation by the Fredericksburg Police Department began the next day and is now complete, according to Bledsoe.  "Capt. Pennock was not suspended or removed from duty during the internal investigation," she said.  

As of Dec. 7, Capt. Pennock will be transferred to the detective division as a commander, Bledsoe said, adding that Lt. Eddie Delano has been appointed acting division commander for the patrol division.  

In addition to serving as division commander of the patrol division, Pennock was appointed acting division commander for the detective division in June, when James Kuebler was demoted.


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Neal Rodrigues December 06, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Wait we can get a ride home after being pulled over for a DUI? SWEET!
Michael P. Burke December 07, 2013 at 06:37 AM
29 year veteran of the force you would think he would know better!
Richard Killeen December 07, 2013 at 10:34 AM
How is being the CO of the detective department a demotion from the patrol? You are a commander and lead example of a police department. Hell if I got a DUI, I would loose my job. Not to mention the fines and legal penalties. Not a ride home.
sean foy December 07, 2013 at 03:15 PM
This is total bs, those of us that has had a DUI and had to go through classes at ASAP, fines, and loss of job, and pretty much lose everything and this guy gets away with it because of him being a police officer! Just shows how much the authority in the region are above the law and have no respect for the law themselves! No excuse for DUI and he should go through the same punishment that every citizen that drinks and drives has to go through!
kcgoat26 December 18, 2013 at 08:17 AM
this is the new norm ,happens across America every day .it is like big business companies in America . no one can tell them anything
1Ronald December 26, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Why is it the Detective Division gets the problem leadership? The Detective Division has become a dumping ground for those who need to be fired--on the spot. The Detective Division has become a substitute for Firing when Firing is the only answer standing in the way of corruption and responsible police management, We not so fondly remember Capt. MF who after being charged with 2 Stafford felonies, and NOT charged with unauthorized use of a police vehicle for a 3-county round trip transport for his young victim, was NOT fired but permitted to resign. Now we have Capt Peacock, no Pennock, who reminds us once again that a DUI is living proof you're an alcoholic. Why was the Capt not charged by Spotsylvania Deputies? County police corruption that has a different standard for one of their "own" as opposed to the rest of us? And when election time rolls around for Spotsy"s Sheriff, what will the voters do? Will they remember? And Capt. Pennock. Why a wink and look the other way by police management? Is it because he came on board with the Chief from Alexandria? These are questions that need to be addressed. Beverly? Are you paying attention? Beverly, as City Manager, you need to get involved. Now.
Susan Larson (Editor) December 27, 2013 at 10:35 AM
1Ronald and other readers: As an fyi, I filed a Freedom of Information request with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office for the police report and blood alcohol content (BAC) report for this incident. I've been told it's in the mail. Stay tuned. -Susan
1Ronald December 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Thanks, Susan. Let's give Capt. Pennock every benefit of his innocence until this arrives.
1Ronald January 04, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Susan, it's been over a week now. Is this another case of "the check is in the mail?" Or are they bluffing you hoping it will die down and we all will forget?
Susan Larson (Editor) January 06, 2014 at 11:41 AM
1Ronald: I think both. I have a tidbit of info I'm following up on today. I hope to have something published in a day or so.
Johnny Bravo January 08, 2014 at 05:08 PM
So what was the outcome of your request? Would there be a report if he wasn't arrested, or a video from the police car.
Susan Larson (Editor) January 09, 2014 at 05:16 PM
Follow-up published: "Sheriff: No Special Treatment in Traffic Stop of Fredericksburg Police Captain" http://fredericksburg.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/spotsylvania-sheriffs-office-finds-no-wrongdoing-in-traffic-stop-of-fredericksburg-police-captain
jonathan Smith January 10, 2014 at 08:37 AM
@1ronald: presumption of innocence should apply to EVERYONE not just cops who drink and drive. My point being if Capt. Pennock was suspected I would like to see the report and the breathalizer results to see if "NO SPECIAL TREATMENT" was actually no special treatment.
jonathan Smith January 10, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Susan, di you ever recieve the request info?

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