A Minnesota police sergeant has been fired for being drunk on the job -- twice.
Officials with the Nisswa Police Department say when Brandon Rothwell arrived at the station behind the wheel of a patrol car, he was unusually "talkative and sleepy," and he had "droopy eyes." When his supervisor asked if he'd been drinking, he denied it, according to Nisswa Police Chief Craig Taylor. He was given a breathalyzer test and was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .17 -- more than twice the legal limit.
The incident occurred just a year after Rothwell arrived at work in a similar state, Taylor says. But the most recent incident was the straw that broke the camel's back, Taylor says. "Rothwell was the only peace officer on duty and his conduct subjected himself and the community to great risk of harm," he says. "His actions were extremely egregious, and they placed both himself as well as officers from adjoining communities at great personal risk, should he have been required to request or serve as their backup."