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Detective who used racial slur during DUI arrest ordered to be arrested again

Posted September 5, 2017 2:23 p.m. EDT

— A Hartford police detective originally arrested for driving under the influence was ordered to be arrested again after failing to show up in court.

Court officials said Robert Lanza did not appear in Bristol Superior Court on Tuesday.

A judge ordered a $10,000 bond.

Lanza's attorney contacted Eyewitness News and provided a statement.

"Joseph Corbett is a well respected professional who in 29 years of teaching at Prince Tech has never had a complaint filed against him," said Aaron Jainchill, Lanza's attorney. "The allegations set forth in the police report are outrageous. We intend to fight these allegations to restore his good name."

Lanza, who has been with the Hartford Police Department for 11 years, was charged with DUI and interfering with an officer last month after a stop by Plainville police.

Plainville police said during the arrest, Lanza used a racial slur aimed at the arresting officer. They were caught on camera.

Hartford police said they've been working with Plainville police to thoroughly investigate the incident.

Lanza was assigned to internal administrative duties within the detective bureau.