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Battle Creek officer facing drunk driving charges waits for hearing

Residents here in Ann Arbor may have heard about the trouble a Battle Creek police officer found himself in last year after fellow deputies responded to the scene of a drunk driving accident the officer had allegedly caused.

According to the police report, the 37-year-old police officer was driving his 27-year-old girlfriend's car when the accident took place. He was allegedly driving about 100 mph when he suddenly lost control of the car, colliding with two mailboxes and an additional two signs before coming to a rest half off the road.

Responding officers reported that his mood shifted between calm and aggressive, leading some officers to suspect drunk driving. After Battle Creek police determined the 37-year-old's BAC to be .235, he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Initially, two additional charges had been placed against him but have since been dismissed. The Calhoun County Prosecutor has dismissed the felony charge of resisting and obstructing police. The misdemeanor charge of failure to report an accident was dropped after investigators reviewed the dash-cam footage of one of the responding squad cars and it was proven that the 37-year-old had not in fact left the scene of the accident.

The initial preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for Jan. 11, but because many of the charges have been dropped, the hearing is likely to be postponed to a different date. Because of the officer's BAC, however, he does still qualify under Michigan Super Drunk laws and could face a felony DUI charge.

Source: Fox 17 News, "Charges Dropped Against Battle Creek Officer," Jessica McMaster, Jan. 10, 2013

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