CHANDLER, ARIZONA.— On April 14, 2020, the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board voted to revoke the certification of now-former Officer Jonathan Schueller, after Schueller was arrested for DUI drugs and then arrested once again for DUI drugs while administratively assigned to his home pending the outcome of the first arrest.
Jonathan Schueller’s first day as a police officer with the Maricopa Police Department was May 16, 2016. On September 7, 2018, at about 2339 hours, Officer Schueller was driving his personal vehicle south on the 101 freeway and was attempting to merge onto the 202 eastbound freeway in the single HOV lane when he hit the concrete curved barrier wall with the passenger side of his vehicle. He merged onto the 202 freeway and took the first exit, onto Alma School Road. Schueller pulled into a parking lot, parked, and was contacted by Chandler Police Department. Chandler officers noticed that Schueller was sweating profusely and visibly shaking, and a DUI investigation was initiated.
Officer Schueller had no alcohol in his system but admitted to taking several prescription drugs. During an inventory search of his vehicle, two prescription bottles were found for anastrozole, a drug that was prescribed to Schueller. One of the bottles, however, contained seventy-four Xanax pills. The other contained sixteen ‘Adderall’ pills. There was no anastrozole in either bottle, and the Adderall pills would later be determined counterfeit — containing only methamphetamine. Officer Schueller’s blood test results were positive for zolpidem (Ambien), alprazolam (Xanax), and oxycodone.
Schueller advised he had bought the Xanax pills online, without a prescription, and that he also did not have a prescription for the not-actually-Adderall. Schueller was arrested for DUI drugs and possession of a dangerous drug.
During the subsequent administrative investigation, Officer Schueller took responsibility for his actions. He did not remember some of the conversations he had with the Chandler Police Department, but he did not try to minimize or misrepresent anything that had happened.
Schueller was administratively assigned to his home pending the outcome of his criminal case, but prior to that case’s conclusion, Schueller was arrested yet again on March 1, 2019 after he swerved into a residential yard, hitting a tree… and then leaving the scene of the accident. As with the first accident, a witness followed Schueller and called 911.
When Chandler police officers found Schueller and stopped his vehicle, another DUI investigation was conducted. Schueller consented to a breath alcohol test, which returned .096%. Officer Schueller also admitted to taking multiple prescription benzodiazepines and anti-depressants earlier in the day and to having drank “four or five” beers.
Schueller resigned his position with the Maricopa Police Department on March 2, 2019 and later pleaded guilty to one count of DUI drugs on each arrest. All other charges were dropped.
On December 18, 2019, Arizona POST voted to initiate proceedings against Schueller’s peace officer certification. On December 21, 2019, a representative from Officer Schueller’s attorney’s office signed for Arizona POST’s Certified Letter of Complaint. Schueller’s attorney reported to Arizona POST that he had not been able to contact Officer Schueller since then.
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