Former MSU police capt. faces chargins for driving drunk


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — The Michigan Attorney General’s Office is charging a former captain with the Michigan State University Police Department with drunken driving following her arrest earlier this year.

Valerie O’Brien faces one count of operating a motor vehicle with a high blood alcohol content, a 180-day misdemeanor; and one count of carrying a concealed pistol under the influence with a BAC of 0.10 or more, a 93-day misdemeanor. 

According to Michigan State Police, O’Brien was arrested in February after failing a field sobriety test and refusing a preliminary breath test. Officers say she had pulled onto the shoulder of I-96 and a trooper asked if she needed help. 

MSP reported a blood test later showed she had a BAC of 0.251, above the high BAC limit of 0.17 set by Michigan law. 

MSU police issued the follow statement after the charges were announced:

“Our law enforcement officers are trusted with the responsibility to serve and protect all members of our community. When there is a breach in that public trust, it must be addressed. 

“We are aware of the charges brought against Ms. O’Brien by the Michigan Attorney General. It would be inappropriate for the MSU Police Department to comment on the pending criminal charges being brought by prosecutors. We have full confidence in the prosecutors to handle the criminal case in a fair and impartial manner.

“Like any police department, the MSU Police Department we have policies and procedures in place that guide the expectations of all of our employees, both on-duty and off-duty, and any time there is an alleged violation of those policies we will conduct a detailed and thorough investigation. 

“Ms. O’Brien was placed on leave with no assigned work duties immediately following her arrest by the Michigan State Police. While on unpaid leave, O’Brien resigned from the MSU Police Department and is no longer an employee of the department or the university.”

An arraignment is set for June 7 in Ingham County 55th District Court.

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