REPORT: Alcohol On Breath Costs Police Officer His Job

An on-duty officer resigned after his shift supervisor said he smelled alcohol on his breath.

Warsaw Police Chief Mike Webster will not disclose much about the on-going investigation. However, he tells WITN News that at some point last weekend a shift supervisor smelled alcohol on the breath of Officer Stephen Richards.

Chief Webster says at that time, the Highway Patrol was called in to investigate, and tested the officer. At the time of the test, troopers say Richards blew a .05, which is under the legal limit in North Carolina of .08. A magistrate found no probable cause for a DWI charge against the officer.

The case has since been handed over to the State Bureau of Investigation. Chief Webster says Richards resigned his position after a year and three months of service with the department.

"Simply put, I will not tolerate this kind of behavior with any officer in this Department," said Chief Webster.

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