Video Released of Hartford Officer DUI Arrest in Plainville

A Hartford police detective is accused of driving under the influence in Plainville last month and using several racial slurs during that arrest and Plainville police have released dashcam video from that arrest.  

The video released Tuesday shows 44-year –old Robert Lanza’s interaction with officers who pulled over the Wolcott man on Aug. 27. 

“I'm gonna ask you to do three exit tests OK? Really quick, to see if you're OK to drive,” a Plainville police officer said in the video. 

“I'm not doing your tests. I'm not doing your tests. I'm not doing it,” Lanza said. 

“OK,” the Plainville officer said. 

“Take me to jail,” Lanza is also heard saying. 

In the video, Lanza swears at officers and can be heard using a racial slur. 

The Hartford Police Department opened its own internal investigation after learning of the arrest. 

Lanza, who is an 11-year veteran of the force, is currently assigned to administrative duties.

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