Officer arraigned on drunk driving charges
Updated: Tuesday, April 9 2013, 01:12 PM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Battle Creek police officer accused in another drinking-related incident, this time on the job, was in court Tuesday morning.
Jennifer Appl said nothing during her arraignment, so the judge entered a not-guilty plea for both charges.
She is facing two misdemeanor charges for operating while intoxicated and possessing a firearm while intoxicated. Investigators say that all of this happened while she was on the clock.
Police tell us Officer Appl showed up to work drunk on Saturday. She was given a breath test by Battle Creek police and was over the legal limit. State police were called in and gave Appl another test a few hours later. That one showed she was just under the legal limit.
This isn't the first time she's been in trouble for drinking. Last July Appl was a passenger in a drunk driving crash with another officer.
A letter in her file from Police Chief Jackie Hampton shows he was concerned about alcohol affecting her performance at work.
We spoke with the head of Battle Creek Citizens for Honesty in Government. He fears Appl was putting the community at risk.
"There has to be some way where if an officer is thought to be drunk when they come in for work that they aren't put behind the wheel of a cruiser," said Peter Kobs. “I don't think that after this many episodes that she should be behind the wheel of the police cruiser- especially with a weapon."
The city manager tells us he plans to meet with the police chief in the next few days to discuss how Appl will be disciplined for what happened.
Appl's next day in court will be April 23rd. She was released Tuesday on a personal recognizance bond.