Battle Creek Police Officer Arraigned On Drunk Driving Charges
A Battle Creek Police Officer, who was arrested last week after he allegedly crashed his personal vehicle while drunk, has now been identified.
The City of Battle Creek says that Officer Chad Francisco was arraigned on drunk driving charges Wednesday morning, in Calhoun County. Authorities say that Francisco had been off duty and driving his personal vehicle early morning February 11, when he allegedly crashed into a utility pole in the City of Springfield.
No one was hurt in the crash, and the officer was arrested on drunk driving charges shortly afterwards.
Officer Francisco has been with the Battle Creek Police Department for 17 years, and he is currently on administrative leave. The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation into this alleged crime, while the BCPD is conducting its own internal investigation.
Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker said the day after the arrest that while he is not “making excuses or justifying the behavior of this officer”, it’s important to note that their officers are human, not super human.