Two off-duty Michigan police officers were allegedly drunk when they crashed the car that they were driving last month. In fact, at least one of the pair, the police officer who was driving at the time of the collision, faces potential DUI related charges. A warrant seeking a drunk driving charge has reportedly been sent to the local prosecutor’s office for review.
A police department review of the evidence and the events that occurred the night of the incident found that the male officer had a blood alcohol level of .285. This number came as a result of preliminary blood alcohol testing done on the male off-duty officer. No other tests for intoxication were given to him. His companion, a female off-duty police officer reportedly had a .369 blood alcohol level at the time tests were given to her.
Neither of the Michigan police officers has been arrested as a result of this incident. In fact, the investigation of the crash and the potential DUI activity of the officers has been the subject of an internal investigation at the Battle Creek police department. At least one of the management team on duty the night of this incident has been demoted from lieutenant to sergeant due to the results of the internal inquiry into the incident. It should be noted that the internal inquiry is a separate matter from a criminal case, and the two officers are presumed innocent until proven otherwise.
Though the off duty officers may have been over the legal limit for a DUI in Michigan at the time of the car accident, neither was subjected to blood alcohol testing beyond the preliminary tests administered at the scene. In fact, local police drove both officers home after the incident. These facts could become a part of a defense for the off duty officers if they face DUI charges as a result of the request for a warrant that has been made.
Source: wzzm13, “Report: Officer was drunk, drove over 100mph,” Bob Brenzing, Aug. 22, 2012