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Emmett Twp. Sergeant under investigation for allegedly falsifying report
EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Our Newschannel 3 I-Team discovers two police agencies are investigating an Emmett Township Police sergeant, to determine if she falsified a police report.
Emmett Township and the Battle Creek Police are investigating whether off-duty sergeant Deb Novar covered up she was driving drunk at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 20th.
The Battle Creek Police say Novar filed a crash report, about 11 hours after she had her vehicle towed from the scene.
Sergeant Novar has been on paid administrative leave since Thursday, September 5th.
The Emmett Township police chief says he is the one who asked to see the report Novar made with the BCPD, after he heard a different version of what may have caused her crash.
"The report indicates she swerved to miss an animal and ultimately struck a pole," said Chief Michael Olson, Emmett Township Public Safety.
What Chief Olson heard from witnesses, was that she may have been too drunk to drive when she left a house party in Battle Creek that night, and crashed her vehicle into a pole on Hamilton and Capital Avenue.
"People need to understand they're gonna be held responsible for their actions and reactions in some cases," said Chief Olson.
This includes whether another off-duty Emmett Township officer drove to the crash scene to help, but left before Novar's vehicle was towed away.
A Battle Creek Police lieutenant says they are in the early stages of investigating her crash as a possible OWI.
Chief Olson says there will be repercussions if any wrongdoing is found.
"Their conduct has to be above reproach. They have to abide to the law like everybody else in this state and country," said Chief Olson.
The chief says sergeant Novar has a stellar record and has been with the Township for about a decade.