Calhoun County Operating While Intoxicated

Calhoun County Deputy Arrested for Operating While Intoxicated

An off-duty Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputy was recently discovered, passed out, inside his vehicle. He was arrested early in the morning and is now facing possible charges for operating while intoxicated.

The deputy, a male whose name has not been released to the public pending arraignment, was discovered unresponsive behind the wheel of his personal vehicle. He was stopped at the intersection of H Drive South and 4 Mile Road in Leroy Township. He was not on duty at the time of arrest. The arrested deputy was taken to the Kalamazoo County Jail.

According to Michigan State Police, the case is still under investigation. No charges have been filed yet. However, the deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave.  In addition to the investigation conducted by MSP, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department’s Office of Professional Standards will also be looking into the incident.

According to Sheriff Matt Saxton, deputies are human beings. Thus, they are susceptible to making poor choices and mistakes sometimes. However, he also pointed out that the deputy will not receive any special treatment. He will be dealt with as if he were an average citizen.

The Sheriff noted that law enforcement officers are often held to a higher standard by the public. A point which he says he doesn’t disagree with. But no one is perfect and it is very likely that this particular deputy will be facing charges for drunk driving in the near future.

This is not the first time that the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department has had to deal with a deputy making the news for a DUI. Earlier this year deputy Noemi Garza made waves for striking someone’s car and then fleeing the scene while intoxicated. She pled guilty to single charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. She was later sentenced to probation.

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Stephanie proved to be superbly professional in her demeanor, but in telephone and email correspondence she demonstrated a very real sense of personal commitment. I retained her for a family member's case; I live out of state and I needed someone to advocate the family's concern to our loved one, but to also fill the role of advocate for the defendant. She exceeded my expectations in every way. I very much appreciate and respect her knowledge of the law but also her ability to interject the "story" behind the alcohol/drug offense defendant, and then present a truthful plan of rehabilitation for the client (my sister). In-fact, while she made absolutely no promises or predictions as to the ruling--the outcome for my sister and in-turn for all of us--was surprisingly better than we could have hoped for. When asked her impression of Stephanie, the first word my sister used is "Compassionate," quickly followed by the same descriptive characteristics detailed above.
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