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Battle Creek Police Officer Suspended, Investigators Say She Was Intoxicated On The Job

Posted at 3:15 PM, Apr 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-08 19:13:21-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – A Battle Creek Police officer is on administrative leave after reportedly coming to work under the influence of alcohol.

That’s according to Michigan State Police investigator Lt. James Coleman.

Michigan State Police were called after officer Jennifer Appl came to work on Saturday around 9pm and her fellow officers reported the smell of alcohol on her breath.

Lt. Coleman says officer Appl was given a breathalyzer by MSP, but the results were not available.

Investigators say they recommended two charges, operating a vehicle under the influence and possession of a firearm under the influence of alcohol.

The findings were handed over to the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s office on Monday and a warrant for the two charges were authorized.

Officer Appl’s name may sound familiar, according to court documents obtained by FOX 17 Appl was the passenger in July 31st drunk driving crash involving another Battle Creek Police officer reportedly behind the wheel.

Court Documents says Appl was also under the influence the night of the July 31st crash.

FOX 17 spoke with Chief Jackie Hampton who confirmed that officer Appl was placed on administrative leave.