Off-duty Dayton cop attends police ball before arrest, tells officers: ‘I’m going to throw up in the back seat of your car’
DAYTON DAILY NEWS INVESTIGATES
By Mark Gokavi
Dec 11, 2018
‘Rough night at the ball?’ officer asks Torrence E. LaPrath before transporting him to jail.
Hours before his arrest on suspicion of burglary after allegedly kicking in a door of a residence in the early morning hours of Nov. 11, off-duty Dayton Police Officer Torrence E. LaPrath attended a police ball held at the Dayton FOP hall, a Dayton Daily News investigation found.
Dayton FOP President Rick Oakley confirmed that LaPrath attended the ball, which shut down before midnight. LaPrath was arrested a short time after 1:10 a.m. when a homeowner called 911 to report that someone had kicked in his front door.
“My wife and daughter are freaked out and so am I,” the homeowner, a former Marine, said in the 911 call. He said the intruder lunged at him but he was able to get on top of him. “I’m sitting on top of him right now” he told the 911 operator.
The 43-minute cruiser camera video shows an apparently intoxicated LaPrath’s interactions with the police officers who responded to the burglary reported in the 4700 block of Strathaven Drive. The residence is about 2.7 miles from the FOP hall, which is on Powell Road in Huber Heights.
“Rough night at the ball?” one Dayton police officer asks LaPrath before leading him to the cruiser. “We’re just going down that stairs to the left. How well can you walk right now? Can you go down these stairs and not fall on your face?”
Oakley, who did not attend the ball, said union legal services only kick in for administrative investigations and when an incident happens during a work shift. LaPrath was off-duty at the time of the burglary.
A Montgomery County jail sergeant said the homeowner and arresting officers felt LaPrath was intoxicated and may have gone to the wrong house.
The Daily News was unable to determine where LaPrath was from the time he left the ball to when he was arrested, or how he got the residence.
“That is a (expletive) nightmare, man,” LaPrath said near the end of the video.
Dayton police said they would not facilitate an interview with LaPrath, an 11-year officer who has had mostly positive marks in his three most recent performance evaluations. LaPrath’s criminal attorney is not known since no formal case has been filed.