Rockford police sergeant charged with driving ‘super drunk’

Mug shot of Aaron Sawyer (left) and his department photo (right).

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Rockford Public Safety sergeant was arrested and accused of driving “super drunk” Sunday.

Sgt. Aaron Sawyer, 32, was arrested by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and booked into the Kent County jail Sunday. He was released the next day, jail records show.

Kent County Undersheriff Michelle Young said Sawyer had not yet been formally charged in court and expected him to make an appearance next week.

Young said officers stopped Sawyer because he was speeding Sunday evening.

“Once we pulled him over we realized there was more at play,” Young said.

Young did not immediately release information about the sergeant’s blood-alcohol level or where the traffic stop occurred. She says he was lodged in the jail at 10:08 p.m. Sunday and released at around 5 a.m.

Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker said his office authorized a charge accusing Sawyer of driving with a high blood alcohol content level on Monday.

The “super drunk” charge is authorized when a suspect is accused of driving with a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit — so a .17 BAC or higher.

Sawyer is on the board for the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan according to its website. He’s listed as the person in charge of the association’s web presence.

Rockford Department of Public Safety Chief David Jones did not return a phone message from 24 Hour News 8 seeking comment.

Jones did send out a press release after the case went public saying Sawyer had been placed on administrative leave while his department conducts an internal investigation.

Undersheriff Young applauded the deputies who handled the arrest. She said Sawyer’s status as an officer did not and should not afford him special treatment.

“I think our staff pursues dealing with each case in the best way possible to follow the laws of our community,” Young said. “He was not a safe driver and he needed to be arrested just like anybody else would have been.”

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