SOUTH BEND — At a meeting this morning, the city's Board of Public Safety accepted the suspension of a South Bend police officer who was arrested in LaPorte County in October on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
South Bend police officer suspended for 21 days
Jeff McKee (South Bend Police Dept. photo) (February 20, 2013)
Patrolman Jeff McKee is suspended for 21 days without pay, in accordance with a recommendation to the board by former South Bend Police Chief Chuck Hurley.
A police officer in LaPorte on Oct. 22 pulled over McKee on Indiana 2 for suspicion of an unsafe lane change, according to facts the board presented at the meeting in County-City Building.
The officer smelled alcohol in the vehicle and booked McKee in the LaPorte County Jail after he failed a field sobriety test, according to the board. His blood-alcohol content was found to be 0.13 percent at the jail.
Court records show McKee originally was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, but he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless driving. He entered into a pretrial diversion agreement in December.
During the department's internal investigation into the case, McKee admitted to drinking and driving, according to the board.
Along with the 21-day suspension, McKee also loses his privilege to use a take-home police car for two years, though that can be reduced to one year upon the completion of an alcohol program.