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Michigan police officer charged with drinking and driving

A Michigan police officer is facing charges for drunk driving after the conclusion of an investigation that lasted nearly three weeks. The woman, age 34, entered a not-guilty plea on Feb. 4, according to official reports. The officer, who has been working for the department since 2005, is charged with driving with a high blood alcohol content. That drunk driving charge is a misdemeanor that could lead to a six-month jail sentence.

Authorities say that the charges were delayed because investigators were waiting on the results of a blood alcohol content analysis. Officers are reportedly continuing an internal investigation into the matter. They are also working to expedite the investigation to protect the officer's rights and prevent allegations of intentionally slowing the investigation.

Official reports show that the man was pulled over at about midnight on Jan. 18 while driving his pickup truck in Troy, Michigan. The driver was behaving erratically, striking a median curb two times before being pulled over. As officers approached the vehicle, they smelled a strong odor of alcohol. The woman reportedly refused to submit to a breath test at the scene, but a blood alcohol content level test was conducted on a blood sample. The woman's BAC level was measured at a whopping 0.27 percent, which is more than three times the legal limit for driving in the state of Michigan.

Even police officers can be subject to criminal charges because of alleged drunk driving. An arrest does not mean that a driver is automatically guilty of an OWI charge. Drivers who are facing such allegations should know their rights about breath test refusal and other legal matters related to an OWI offense. A qualified Michigan attorney may be able to answer questions about pending criminal actions.

Source: The Oakland Press, "TROY: Police officer charged with drunken driving while off duty" John Turk, Feb. 05, 2014

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