|Miami Beach Police Sergeant Michael Muley|
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The Miami Beach police sergeant under investigation for being intoxicated while working an off-duty job at the Ocean Drive nightclub Mangos, was demoted and suspended in 2011.
In 2011, Sgt. Michael Muley was demoted to police officer, and suspended for 80 hours without pay for failing to properly supervise the two officers involved in the infamous July 4, 2011 ATV crash on Miami Beach.
In that incident, Miami Beach police officer Derick Kuilan took a woman on a drunken joy ride on the beach on his police issued ATV. Kuilan met the woman after he and a fellow officer, who were both on duty at the time, crashed a bachelorette party at the Clevelander Hotel in 2011.
Kuilan was fired and was recently found guilty of reckless driving and sentenced to 18 months in state prison.
At Kuilan's trial last month Muley testified that "he was surprised by Kuilan's behavior after seeing a picture of the officer and law enforcement colleague Rolando Gutierrez partying with the bachelorette and her friends at the Clevelander Hotel right before the joyride."
In 2002, Muley was awarded a Letter of Commendation by then Miami Beach Police Chief Don De Lucca, "for rescuing three people in less than 30 days - all while he was off-duty," according to an Aug. 1, 2002 Miami Herald story:
In his free time, Miami Beach Police Detective Michael Muley saves lives.
The detective was awarded a Letter of Commendation last week for rescuing three people in less than 30 days - all while he was off-duty.
``Three lives in a month is amazing,'' Miami Beach Police Chief Don De Lucca said. ``Most people don't save a single life during their lifetimes.''
On July 14, Muley , 36, was walking his dog near his home in Davie when he heard a car lose control and plunge into a canal. He called 911, found the crash scene in the 4300 block of Southwest 142nd Avenue and rescued a passenger who had escaped the vehicle but was disoriented in the water, according to the commendation.
Muley jumped back into the zero-visibility water and pulled a passenger out of the window of the submerged car, which was underwater on its side.
Muley returned to search for a third passenger, but was unable to locate her after several attempts. She was later found by a rescue diver, but she died in the emergency room at Cleveland Clinic in Weston.
That rescue effort was the second time in one month the Special Investigations Squad detective saved somebody's life.
On June 19, Muley and another officer rescued an Orange County police officer who had collapsed of heat exhaustion during the Florida Law Enforcement Games in Tampa. According to a report of the incident written by Sunny Isles Beach Police Chief Fred Maas, Muley helped bring the exhaustion victim out of shock by shaking and placing ice on him.