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Former cop arrested for DUI 3 times in 11 hours

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A former police officer who appeared in court Monday on a drunken-driving charge was arrested three more times over the next 11 hours.

The Connecticut Post reported that 39-year-old John Biehn, of Southington, was charged twice Monday with drunken driving and accused of shoplifting at a Wal-Mart in Wallingford early Tuesday.

Police say Biehn, a former Bridgeport officer, posted bond after each arrest. Biehn’s listed number rang unanswered Wednesday.

Authorities say Biehn appeared in Rockville Superior Court on Monday on a DUI charge dating from July 26.

He was arrested Monday afternoon in the parking lot of a Rockville McDonald’s restaurant shortly after his court appearance and failed a sobriety check, police said.

He was stopped again and charged with DUI Monday night in Wallingford, a few hours before his arrest at the Wal-Mart on larceny charges.

Biehn left the Bridgeport police after being convicted of reckless endangerment in 2006. Prosecutors said Biehn went on a drunken rampage at a housing complex in 2004, firing his gun at random and shooting out several windows. Three residents testified that Biehn pointed the gun at their heads and tried to shoot them. Others said Biehn fired at them but missed.

He was acquitted of attempted murder and assault and received a suspended sentence.

The city later agreed to pay $48,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by several residents of the housing complex.

He is due back in Rockville Superior Court on Dec. 22.

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