Battle Creek Police Officer Jennifer Appl is arraigned Tuesday morning on drunken driving and weapons charges after allegedly showing up for work drunk Saturday night. / Trace Christenson/The Enquirer
BATTLE CREEK (Battle Creek Enquirer) -- A police officer was arraigned this morning on two misdemeanor charges. Jennifer Appl, 26, appeared before Calhoun County District Court Judge Holmes shortly after 9 a.m.
She is charged with driving under the influence of liquor and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Both are misdemeanors with a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail.
Appl told the judge she wanted to stand mute until she meets with an attorney on Wednesday. Judge Holmes entered a not guilty plea for her and Appl said she was requesting a jury if the case goes to trial.
She was charged Monday after she allegedly came to work at 10 p.m. Saturday and was legally intoxicated, according to Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert.
Battle Creek police first suspected she had consumed alcohol about midnight and the Michigan State Police were called to investigate, Gilbert said, and are alleging that her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit to drive of 0.08 percent and that she had possession of her service weapon while she was intoxicated.
Appl was released on a personal recognizance bond. She is on paid administrative leave while the department conducts its own internal investigation, according to Chief Jackie Hampton.