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A police officer in Red Bank, Tennessee showed up at a local firing range drunk last week. The officer was so noticeably intoxicated that he was actually pulled aside by other police department employees and given a blood-alcohol test. Detective Doug Millsaps blew a 0.114 and a 0.124 on the police department’s breathalyzer after attempting to participate in a firearm training drill, according to police Chief Tim Christol.
Initially, Millsaps was suspended with pay, pending an investigation, but just days later, the investigation was closed and he was forced to resign. Millsaps will not face any charges for driving while intoxicated, or using a firearm while intoxicated on government property.
“To be able to develop reasonable suspicion for a criminal charge, the officers have to observe some indicators that would lead a reasonable person to believe this person may have been drinking prior to or while driving……This was a case where he was already at work and no one observed his driving to indicate anything like that,” Christol said.
According to a report released by Christol, police department employees noticed a heavy odor of alcohol on Millsaps’ breath about a half-hour or so after the training had started. When he was given a breathalyzer test, Millsaps blew twice the legal limit, and was immediately taken to the nearest police station. However, when Millsaps arrived at the station for booking, he was given some special treatment. The arresting officers allowed the report to be filed without any of Millsaps information, which guaranteed that official charges would never be filed. Police Sgt. Dan Seymour allegedly failed to put Millsaps’ name into the computer system and instead typed “D, DD” as the name of the suspect. When asked why the booking process was so careless, Christol claimed to be entirely ignorant of the circumstances surrounding that aspect of the arrest. “I do not know why Dan did not put his name on there, I did not administer the test,” he told reporters.
While multiple witnesses reported seeing Millsaps firing his weapon at the shooting range, Police Chief Christol denies their testimony. “The first hour-and-a-half to two hours is dry firing, there is no live ammunition. It is repetition of skills, drawing, moving, the basic skills to reinforce muscle memory. He never fired the first round,” Christol said in his report. Christol has continued to maintain this position, and since the incident has told reporters that Millsap’s gun wasn’t even loaded when they realized that he was drunk.
Many other Red Bank residents are upset that the former officer will not be charged for crimes that the average person would face serious penalties for. In the state of Tennessee, merely possessing a firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol carries very steep penalties.
Who's going to pay for it? Budgets pay out enormous sums to train, arm and equip police and military. I wonder what the comparative budget is for "rehab"?
Why not at least try to address the problem instead of kicking the can down the road?
originally posted by: Metallicus
Now you know why the FEDS have the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. They are best when combined!
a cop who doesnt have the discipline to avoid alcohol while wearing his badge or handling a firearm isnt a proper cop
this was a case of very special treatment and should not be tolerated for the same reasons they made it illegal to operate firearms or work while drunk.
you can't do that without being an alcoholic, just no way..
and the rest arent bothered to correct them on it