Ex-CHP officer guilty of DUI after showing up for work drunk
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A former California Highway Patrol officer who showed up drunk to work was found guilty Tuesday by a Kern County jury.
Officer Edward Marquez, who no longer works for the department, had a blood-alcohol level of .12 when he showed up for his shift Sept. 27, 2012, according to the Kern County District Attorney's Office. He was stopped before going on duty by his supervisor, who smelled alcohol on his breath.
A jury found Marquez guilty of two counts of driving under the influence. He was immediately sentenced to two days in jail, community service, fined, and had his license suspended, the District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.
"A police officer should know better than to drive while impaired," District Attorney Lisa Green said in a news release. "It is a reminder to all of us that anyone who drives impaired and endangers others on the road will face the consequences."