ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – An Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy who received a ticket for being intoxicated while possessing a gun during a training class could find her job in jeopardy.
Deputy Michelle Cook was hired last January to work in the county’s detention facility, and while she was attending a training class, fellow deputies noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath. They notified a sergeant who called Aurora Police to investigate.
She was given a breathalyzer test, and she admitted to driving to the facility. Police didn’t investigate her for a DUI because no one saw her driving.
“We take this very seriously,” Arapahoe County Sheriff Dave Walcher told CBS4. “I’m glad our staff acted the way they did. This will be resolved quickly.” The department said it will conduct an internal investigation.
Cook is suspended with pay. She told CBS4 she isn’t sure about her status with the sheriff’s department.