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New developments in investigation into Emmet Twp. Sgt.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - New developments in an I-Team investigation that uncovered allegations an Emmett Township Public Safety sergeant got into a drunk driving crash and then took off.
43-year-old Deb Novar has waived her preliminary hearing for leaving the scene of an accident. The Calhoun County Prosecutor approved the charge, after reviewing a criminal investigation by the Battle Creek Police.
This crash sparked investigations within three departments.
Newschannel 3 spoke to the undersheriff about two off-duty deputies to may have helped Novar the night in question.
Undersheriff Tim Hurtt says his department found 'insufficient independent evidence' to show the deputies had done anything wrong that night. Information he says was tough to gather, three weeks after the crash took place.
"We looked into possible misconduct, and at the conclusion of the investigation we found insufficient independent evidence to show our department had done anything wrong," said Undersheriff Tim Hurtt, Calhoun County Sheriff's Office.
Hurtt says the two off-duty deputies who were at a house party with Deb Novar August 20th were questioned about their involvement after she crashed her car into a pole at the intersection of Hamilton and Capital Avenue SW.
Hurtt says his department reviewed the Battle Creek Police Department's criminal investigation which showed Novar admitted she got behind the wheel after drinking at a house party in the city.
The report shows she was headed to an off-duty Calhoun County Deputy's house when she crashed her car.
Investigators found she still made it there, only to become upset when she found another woman with him.
"But we can't show there was anything criminal in nature," said Hurtt.
The investigation shows that off-duty deputy noticed the damage to her car before she took off again and he called another off-duty deputy and an off-duty Emmett Township Police officer to find her.
When they did, the report shows they pushed her SUV in a parking lot and left Novar with her mom.
"They made the assumption cops were coming, because dispatch was involved," said Chief Mike Olson, Emmett Township Department of Public Safety during an interview September 27.
Chief Olson says he found no wrongdoing by his off-duty officer and after Novar resigned last month, his internal investigation is over.
"As a result of that, there was no other information gathered, no interviews," said Undersheriff Hurtt.
Hurtt adds this by no means their investigation can't be re-opened if people have more information about his incident. If someone does, he wants to hear from you.
Novar's next court appearance is set for October 15.