Charges authorized against Battle Creek police officer accused of coming to work drunk
Updated: Monday, April 8 2013, 03:53 PM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Battle Creek police officer is on administrative leave Monday and charges have been authorized against her.
The same officer was involved in a drunk driving crash last year.
Police Chief Jackie Hampton has confirmed that Officer Jennifer Appl is once again on administrative leave.
Charges of operating while intoxicated and possession of a firearm while intoxicated have been authorized against Appl.
It's another blow to the agency that just last year had some very public issues with Officer Appl.
Sources tell us Officer Appl showed up at work on Saturday noticeably drunk around 9:00 p.m. MSP investigators say that Officer Appl went out on patrol in her cruiser, but was called back to the station around 10:30 or 11:00.
They say BCPD gave her a breath test and called in state police. When troopers arrived they did another test. Our sources say the results were lower than the first test, but that Appl was still over the legal limit.
This is not the first time she's had trouble with alcohol. It was late July 2012 when Officer Appl was a passenger in a drunk driving crash with a fellow officer.
Personnel records also show Appl was cited in May of 2012 for lying about why she didn't show up for work. The documents show she said she lied because she was too embarrassed to say she was in the hospital due to alcohol.
In a July 2012 letter from Police Chief Jackie Hampton he wrote - “I'm concerned the consumption of alcohol will continue to create problems for you in the work environment and therefore affect your performance.”
At that time he suspended her for 15 days.
Michigan State Police investigators have passed their findings on to the Calhoun Co. Prosecutor.