Law enforcement officers, like any other citizen, often like to relax after work by drinking alcohol. Like civilians, law enforcement officers can also be caught driving under the influence. Depending on the circumstances, this offense can mean a suspension or the loss of their jobs. This is almost always the case when the police officer is caught in a DUI while on duty. However, if caught off-duty, the severity of the punishment can often depend on the circumstances surrounding the DUI. NBC Los Angeles reports on two Los Angeles Police officers being arrested for DUI in Glendale.
47-year-old LAPD Commander Nicole Mehringer was arrested on charges of allegedly being drunk in public near Lomita Avenue and Brand Boulevard at about 1 a.m. on Friday, April 27th.
Just over half an hour later, 46-year-old Los Angeles Police Sergeant James Kelly was arrested at the same location for allegedly driving under the influence.
Mehringer is currently assigned to the Employee Relations Group for the department. Kelly also works for the same unit.
A spokesperson for the Glendale police said that both were arrested as part of a DUI investigation and the stop was not the result of a DUI checkpoint.
Mehringer posted $250 bail and was released from jail at 4:13 a.m. Kelly’s bond of $5,000 was posted and he was released at 4:14 a.m.
Kelly had a scheduled court appearance at 8:30 a.m. on May 1st.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave pending investigation.