Off-duty police officer charged with drunken driving

SPRINGFIELD, Mich. (WOOD) — A Battle Creek police officer is being charged with drunken driving after crashing a vehicle Sunday morning.

Battle Creek police say the off-duty officer crashed a personal vehicle into a utility pole around 4 a.m. at the intersection of N 20th Street and Richfield Avenue.

No one else was involved in the crash and the officer was uninjured.

Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker says the officer is expected to cooperate and “will not receive special treatment of any sort.”

“I have said many times to our community that we hire from the human race, not the super-human race,” Blocker said. “And to that end, I am not making excuses, or justifying the behavior of this officer. However, I am acknowledging that, as an employer, this is a personnel issue through which we must work with this employee.

“Further, I have thanked the Calhoun County Sheriff for the good work; no law enforcement officer wants to have to arrest a fellow officer. We will get through this through open and honest communication,” Blocker continued.

The charged officer was taken to the Kalamazoo County Jail and released on bond Sunday afternoon.

Arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 21, at which time the officer’s name is likely to be released.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case.