Gov. Doug Ducey's son arrested on suspicion of using fake ID at Scottsdale bar
A son of Gov. Doug Ducey was arrested and cited by Scottsdale police earlier this month on suspicion of having a forged ID that he used to enter a bar, according to a police report.
Joseph Ducey, 19, was arrested Dec. 16 outside the Boondocks bar in Scottsdale's entertainment district. Officer Zachary Jasperson cited Ducey and released him, according to a police report released Thursday through a public records request.
The Phoenix New Times first reported Joseph Ducey's arrest Thursday.
A spokesman for the governor said the younger Ducey wouldn't receive any special treatment because of who his father is.
"He's going to face the same legal and family consequences as any other 19-year old in this circumstance would, and we will handle this the same way any other Arizona family would," Gov. Ducey said in a statement via Patrick Ptak, his spokesman.
"Thank you for respecting our privacy."
The police report doesn't say if Jasperson knew if he had arrested one of the governor's sons. But that wouldn't have mattered, said Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale police spokesman.
"We treated him the same as we would have any other person in that situation," Hoster said.
According to the police report, Jasperson, who was on patrol in the area on a bicycle, saw a man jump the gates of Boondocks, bypassing the guards who were checking patrons' IDs.
Jasperson asked one of the security guards for Boondocks to notify him if they found or saw that man, the report says.
One of the security guards later told Jasperson that a different man, later identified as the younger Ducey, had entered the bar using a false ID, the report says.
Ducey used forged South Carolina ID
The guard "provided me the ID which was a forged South Carolina driver's license," Jasperson wrote in his report.
"I noticed that the ID had poor lamination around it and the plastic would come off of the ID when folded slightly in half. I activated my department issued AXON on body camera and grabbed the subject's arm and placed him under arrest."
Police didn't release the body camera footage on Thursday.
After handcuffing him, Jasperson searched Joseph Ducey and found his wallet where he had his valid Arizona driver's license, the report says.
"Joseph (Ducey) was apologetic for us having to contact him," Jasperon's report says. "I smelled an odor of intoxicant emanating from Joseph's breath but he did not appear to be extremely intoxicated."
Ducey was cited with being under the age of 21 using a false ID to enter a liquor establishment, a misdemeanor. As punishment, a person could face a fine of up to $2,500, a suspended driver's license for up to six months or up to six months in jail.
He is scheduled to appear in Scottsdale City Court at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15.