LAPD Sergeant Charged With DUI; Commander Facing Public Intoxication Count

posted by City News Service - 

GLENDALE (CNS) - A Los Angeles Police Department sergeant is set to be arraigned tomorrow on DUI charges stemming from his April 27 arrest in Glendale, along with an LAPD commander charged with public intoxication involving the same incident.

Sgt. James Kelly, now 47, was charged last Friday with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content, along with an allegation that his blood alcohol concentration was 0.20 percent or more.

LAPD Cmdr. Nicole Mehringer, 47, is charged with one misdemeanor count of public intoxication. She is also set to be arraigned Wednesday at the Glendale courthouse.

The two -- who were both assigned to the LAPD's Employee Relations Group --were arrested early April 27 by Glendale police near Lomita Avenue and Brand Boulevard. They were released from custody later that morning.

“Both have been relieved of duty without pay pending disciplinary action,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement released shortly after the charges were announced.

Then-LAPD Chief Charlie Beck previously released a statement in which he said he had “been briefed on the circumstances of these arrests and am extremely concerned about the allegations.” He said then that the LAPD had initiated personnel investigations that “can result in serious consequences.”

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