David Cook is a Republican politician elected to serve in the Arizona House of Representatives from the 8th Legislative District. He was first elected to the state House in 2016 and represents central & eastern Pinal County and southern Gila County.
On December 19, 2018, Cook was pulled over by an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper in Mesa, Arizona after the officer spotted Cook’s vehicle failing to maintain its lane on Loop 202. When asked to step out of his vehicle, Cook responded “Do you know what you’re doing, son? You’re making a mistake.”
Cook was arrested with a measured blood-alcohol content of .158%, well above the state limit of .08%… and tested well after the time of his initial stop.
When the officer informed Cook that he would lose his driver’s license, Cook responded that he would be fine because his wife works at MVD, Arizona’s Motor Vehicle Division. When the trooper told Cook to watch his head while exiting the rear of his police car, Cook responded “Don’t worry, you’ll get yours.”
Not long after Cook’s arrest a number of news media outlets announced that “body cam” footage from the arrest had been released. It had not.
Arizona DPS does not use body-worn cameras. In fact, AZDPS is one of the few state police agencies to use a fleet of police cars where a significant number of vehicles have no video camera of any kind. What had been released was a single minute of dash camera footage – from the only vehicle that had a camera – along with a one minute audio recording from a separate wireless audio recorder.
As you may have guessed, Cook’s DUI stop took more than a minute. That footage has been held by the state police since Cook’s arrest.
Here it is.
(Curious about the red solo cup in the thumbnail? Read the vehicle inventory at 20:43.)