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West Michigan officer facing DUI charges

Knowing how strict drunk driving laws are here in Michigan, drunk driving convictions can be very harsh for Ann Arbor or Washtenaw County residents. However, for a resident holding a significant position in the community, a conviction or a DUI charge can cause considerable problems.

In Battle Creek, just west of Ann Arbor, a police officer is facing such troubles because he was arrested for driving with an elevated blood alcohol content level. At approximately 1:00 a.m., the 42-year-old police officer was stopped after police allegedly saw him speeding. The police pulled the man over and reportedly ordered him to perform a breathalyzer test. The test result showed that the officer had a 0.15 percent BAC level -- nearly double the legal limit. In Michigan, as in most states, the BAC level is set at 0.08 percent.

The officer was off duty when the arrest was made. Police noted that the officer was cooperative during the arrest. He was then booked in the county jail, where he was eventually released to await trial. This was the third time a Battle Creek, Michigan, officer has been arrested on drunk driving charges recently.

A DUI charge against an ordinary citizen is difficult enough; officers facing such charges can mean the end of their law enforcement career. Besides the expected consequences like a license suspension, hefty penalties and a jail sentence, the most damaging may be the blemish on the person's reputation.

Whether an Ann Arbor or Washtenaw County residents hold a significant position in community or is just a private citizen, they should immediately prepare for the charges. Immediate action can help preserve the integrity of crucial evidence as well as it being helpful in gathering possible witness accounts. All of this is crucial if the person is focusing on possibly getting the charges reduced or dismissed.

Source: WOOD, "Another Battle Creek cop busted for DUI," Leon Hendrix, Sept. 2, 2013

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