A Derby police officer claims someone tampered with a water bottle inside of his police cruiser while he was visiting the Splash Car Wash in Shelton in March.
Shelton Police aren’t releasing the officer’s name but said a policeman came in March 30 to file the complaint and said he believed an employee at the car wash contaminated the water.
“He went in he got his car washed, he left (the) water bottle open in his car. He went to take a drink afterward and he said he thought it smelled funny and tasted funny, ” Lt. Bob Kozlowsky, of Shelton Police, said.
Investigators took the bottle as evidence and the state police forensics lab is examining it.
Police interviewed employees at Splash Car Wash and said the owner has worked with them throughout the investigation.
“There are cameras in the business and we have been working with them and they have been cooperative in all of our requests,” Kozlowky said.
The owner of Splash Car Wash told NBC Connecticut that the Derby Police Department has a fleet account and sent us this statement that, says in part:“…the officer in question still remains a customer of our wash and has been back to wash his car since the incident occurred. We take every customer claim seriously and investigate them fully, even if we believe they are erroneous.”
Derby police wouldn’t comment on the case, but did say there is an ongoing personnel matter with the officer, unrelated to this incident.
Shelton investigators are waiting for the forensics test results, which will determine how police will move forward with the case.