A one-tine Los Angeles Police Department sergeant pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor DUI charge stemming from his off-duty arrest in Glendale last year along with an LAPD colleague.
James Michael Kelly, 48, was immediately sentenced to three years probation and ordered to complete a nine-month alcohol program, along with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Hospital and Morgue programs, as a result of his plea to driving with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content.
Kelly also admitted an allegation that his blood-alcohol concentration was 0.20 percent or more, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Kelly was under the influence when he was detained on April 27, 2018, near Lomita Avenue and Brand Boulevard, according to Deputy District Attorney Cylia Villegas.
Nicole Mehringer, an LAPD commander at the time who was subsequently fired, was also arrested and charged with public intoxication. The misdemeanor charge against her was dismissed after she showed proof that she completed a 30-day outpatient program, while Kelly is now a police officer — below his former rank of sergeant, the Los Angeles Times reported in August.
Kelly and Mehringer — who were both assigned to the LAPD’s Employee Relations Group — were arrested by Glendale police near Lomita Avenue and Brand Boulevard after being found inside an unmarked police vehicle in the early morning hours of April 27. They were released from custody later that morning.
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