UPDATE (6:08 p.m.): Johnson’s public defender, Jennifer Melgar, gave the following statement regarding his acquittal:
“Regardless of whether an individual is in uniform or not, the power of accusation is real. An accusation has the power to ruin someone’s life before they even step foot into a courthouse. Mr. Johnson’s entire life was on hold for well over three years until yesterday. Everyone deserves a fair trial and that’s what Mr. Johnson received. Although he is retired from the city, Mr. Johnson shed tears of joy yesterday and expressed gratitude.”
Prosecutor Raymond Aubele Jr. said he didn’t have time to comment when reached Thursday afternoon.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A former sergeant with the Bakersfield Police Department was acquitted Wednesday of driving under the influence.
Christopher Johnson was charged in 2018. He has since retired from the department.
On Feb. 7, 2018, officers noticed Johnson showed signs of being impaired while on duty, police said. A DUI investigator tracked him down and examined him but found insufficient evidence to make an arrest.
Police cited and released Johnson, and he was placed on administrative leave while the investigation continued. The results were sent to the prosecutor’s office, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Johnson joined the department in July 2000.