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Video of Battle Creek officer drunk on the job
BATTLE CREEK (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- Video captures a police officer accused of responding to calls drunk. It's a dash cam you will see only on Newschannel 3.
What happened in April lead to criminal charges against former Battle Creek Police officer Jennifer Appl. Appl resigned in May, after she was charged with drunk driving and possession of a firearm while drunk.
You may remember Appl from a separate drunk driving investigation last year.
She was the passenger in a car driven by another off duty Battle Creek Police officer who was also drunk. Newschannel 3 requested this information months ago.
The Battle Creek Police spoke with Newschannel 3 Friday to make it clear this will never be tolerated. We had some questions of our own, including why she was allowed to go on patrol for nearly two hours, if there was any suspicion of her in the first place.
Backup to control a crowd of hundreds inside Kellogg Arena, report of larceny and dog complaint. Those are just some of the calls former officer Jennifer Appl responded to the night of April 6, 2013.
"We take this very seriously. That does not represent our department and what we're about," said Det. Sgt. Jim Martens, Battle Creek Police Dept.
According to the department's investigative summary, suspicions began as soon as she walked in to start her shift at 10 p.m.
"A newer officer had walked by her just prior to line up and thought he smelled something that is a fruity aerosol alcohol smell on her. The officer was newer you don't want to make accusations about someone when you're not sure," said Det. Sgt. Martens.
The report shows about an hour and a half later, the officer shared his concerns with someone who thought he smelled it also. But according to the report he could not smell anything because he was sick.
That officer immediately notified the sergeant on duty.
"When a sergeant found out about it we immediately took action we took her off the road right away," said Det. Sgt. Martens.
She was given a breath test and blew a 0.138 State Police was also called in to investigate and performed their own test less than 30 minutes later, where she blew a 0.07
The trooper notes when he walked into the room she was in he could smell an odor of intoxicants. It was emitting from her breath and had blood shot eyes.
"We want to stop it before they ever get in uniform, before they have a gun or get on the road. It's not accepted - going forward were gonna do what we can to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Det. Sgt. Martens.
The now former officer will make a plea hearing on her charges next month.