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Bradley Bickett, a police officer in Aurora, Colo., was arrested in Wyoming on suspicion of drunk driving.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 8/11/2011 6:10:36 PM ET 2011-08-11T22:10:36

Authorities say two Colorado police officers took a wild, drunken ride through Wyoming on their way to a funeral in South Dakota.

A volunteer firefighter on Wednesday spotted a police car from Aurora, Colo., driving erratically down Highway 85 in Goshen County, KUSA-TV reported. The car reportedly was speeding, using emergency lights to pass other vehicles and trash was flying out of its window.

Goshen County Sheriff's Capt. Brian Morehouse said the two men were heading to the funeral of two police officers recently killed in South Dakota.

Morehouse said he had clocked them driving at 57 mph in a 40 mph zone and then smelled alcohol and found beer in a cooler inside the car when he stopped them.

Officer Bradley B. Bickett was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving and speeding. He was released around midnight into the custody of an Aurora police commander.

Bickett's passenger, officer Gerald Kirby, was charged with littering.

The Aurora police force said the men would be placed in a non-uniform role while the case is investigated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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