Battle Creek Police Officer facing charges, accused of being drunk on duty
Updated: Monday, April 8 2013, 07:15 PM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Even though investigators say Battle Creek Officer Jennifer Apple arrived at work Saturday night smelling like alcohol, she still went out on patrol.
Then two hours into her shift between she was called back to the station and given a preliminary breath test.
She was over the legal limit to drive in that test and that's when MSP from Coldwater was called in to assist.
"It was a matter sensitive to them so they asked us to look into it and handle the investigation for them so it would give the impression of no bias or anything like that was taking place there," says MSP Lieutenant James Coleman.
MSP then gave Appl a second breath test, in that test she was not over the legal limit. But with that test prosecutors can calculate what Appl's blood alchohol level was when she was on the road.
"It's something no agency wants to have to deal with. We've had occasions with our agency where members have made mistakes and it's always the objective of command and agency as a whole to fix those problems so they don't become big problems," says Coleman.
The Calhoun County Prosecutors office has authorized charges against her for operating while intoxicated and being in posession of a firearm while intoxicated, both misdemeanors.
Appl and alcohol have been involved in incidents in the department before.
In July she was a passenger in a drunk driving crash where the driver was also an officer. Both were off duty at the time. Appl was found to be four times the legal limit but was not charged in that case.
Personnel records show she was cited in May for lying about not showing up for work, She said she lied because she was embarrassed about being in the hospital due to alcohol.
And in July just before her crash Chief Jackie Hampton wrote in her file he was concerned her alcohol use would affect her performance on the job. At that time she was supended for 15 days.
Chief Hampton said Monday he can't legally comment on the incident.