Troy police officer arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

By Dave Bartkowiak Jr. , Online News Editor, @DaveBartko, dbartkowiak@wdiv.com
Published On: Jan 28 2014 02:52:20 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 28 2014 06:57:44 PM EST

Officer accused of driving drunk in Troy is being treated as any other person who was arrested for drinking and driving.

TROY, Mich. -

A Troy police officer could face an operating while intoxicated charge after her fellow officers pulled her over on Jan. 18 at East Big Beaver and Rochester roads.

The officers watched a pickup truck traveling eastbound on Big Beaver Road strike the median curb twice before driving onto the median and coming to a stop. Officers identified the driver as an off-duty Troy police officer.

Police say there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from the driver.

Troy police spokesman Sgt. Andy Breidenich said a supervisor was called to the scene.

"Since it was dealing with one of our own employees, we call a supervisor to help with the investigation," Breidenich said.

The officer, who has not been identified, was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated. According to police, she refused a breathalyzer test.

Police obtained a search warrant for a blood alcohol test. The Michigan State Police analyzed the blood sample which indicated a .27 blood alcohol content, which is more than three times the legal driving limit of .08.

The officer was released the following day, after sobering up.

Troy police Sgt. Andy Breidenich said the officer was treated like any other person who is stopped for suspicion of drunk driving, because the department takes the issue very seriously.

"So many times we see how it hurts and destroys lives and hurt people and reputations and we take it very seriously at Troy like we do everywhere in the United States," Breidenich said.

The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing this case and charges are pending.

Meanwhile, the officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal and internal investigation.

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