Officer to be charged after drunken driving crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Authorities say an off-duty Battle Creek police officer accused in a drunken driving crash will be charged.

Calhoun County Prosecutor Susan Mladenoff tells the Battle Creek Enquirer she'll charge the 37-year-old officer with a felony of resisting and obstructing police officers and two misdemeanors of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and failure to report an accident.

Authorities say the charges stem from a July 31 crash when the officer was driving 100 mph before striking a curb, two mailboxes and two signs. A police report says he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.285 percent. The legal limit in Michigan is 0.08 percent.

The officer was suspended for 20 days. A lieutenant in the car at the time of the crash also was demoted.

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