BPD officer charged with misdemeanor DUI

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A Bakersfield police officer was cited and released for driving while drunk, according to law enforcement officials. 

Sergeant Chris Johnson was charged Thursday with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, the Bakersfield Police Department said. 

Sgt. Johnson was on duty Feb. 7 when other officers saw him “exhibiting symptoms consistent with alcohol intoxication,” BPD said. After informing their supervisor, a DUI investigator tracked down Sgt. Johnson, but “determined there was insufficient evidence to affect an arrest.” Sgt. Johnson was placed on administrative leave, and the investigation continued, the results of which were sent to the Kern County District Attorney’s office, according to police. 

The DA issued an arrest warrant Thursday. 

“I am extremely proud of the integrity and moral courage displayed by the officers who intervened during this incident,” Police Chief Lyle Martin said in a news release. “Their actions exemplify the culture of accountability the community should expect from this police department.” 

Sgt. Johnson joined the force in July of 2000. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111. 

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