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DA files charge against officer suspected of DUI on duty

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The Kern County District Attorney's Office has filed one misdemeanor DUI charge against a Bakersfield police officer.

The allegation is that Sgt. Christopher Johnson drove drunk while on duty on Feb. 7.

The complaint states two officers saw Johnson "operating his police vehicle prior to contacting them at a call for service." It goes on to say a supervisor "intervened and removed Johnson from his duties and he was taken to the police building for further assessment."

According to the complaint, an officer "evaluated Johnson for issues of DUI influence," but was "unable to develop the probable cause necessary for an arrest approximately five hours after he was detained."

The document states that same officer also "sought a search warrant for an evidentiary blood drawn." The complaint request states that request "was rejected" by a Kern County Superior Court judge.

On the same day, that officer requested the DA's office "review the following reports and ascertain if there is supportive evidence" to issue a DUI charge.

Thursday, the DA's office filed a DUI charge with an enhancement.

The enhancement alleges that Johnson "had an excessive blood alcohol concentration of .15% or more, by weight, or did refuse to take chemical testing."

Johnson has been on administrative leave since the alleged incident.

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