PD: Hartford police detective terminated after using racial slurs during DUI arrest

Robert Lanza was terminated after he was arrested for driving under the influence charges while off duty this summer. (Plainville Police Department)

A Hartford police detective was arrested for driving under the influence charges after an incident early Sunday morning.

Robert Lanza, who has been with the Hartford Police Department for 11 years, was charged with driving under the influence and interfering with an officer.

Hartford police said the department's initial review of the incident found that Lanza used several racial slurs in comments that were captured on audio and video.

The Hartford Police Department Internal Affairs Division has started an investigation into Lanza, who is a detective assigned to the Special Investigations Division.

"HPD Internal Affairs investigators are currently in contact with the Plainville Police Department to gather all documents, audio/video, photographs and other evidence related to this incident. The entirety of the incident will be thoroughly reviewed when we receive those items," Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian J Foley said in a statement on Monday afternoon.

Police said Detective Lanza has been assigned to internal administrative duties within the Detective Bureau.

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