Officer accused of DUI while on duty resigns

Monday, April 9, 2012 at 5:30pm
Staff reports

The Metro police officer arrested Jan. 31 for suspicion of driving under the influence while on duty has resigned.

The 20-year police veteran, Arthur Messmer, 44, faced disciplinary action from the police department, but that administrative investigation ended with his resignation, according to a news release.

Messmer was decommissioned of all police authority the day after his supervisors said he smelled of alcohol while on duty.

The former officer is scheduled to appear in court later this month on charges of DUI and possession of a firearm while under the influence.

4 Comments on this post:

By: RTungsten on 4/9/12 at 4:18

Does he still get pension?

By: Ask01 on 4/9/12 at 8:46

An excellent question.

In the military at one time, a simple DUI would result in a one grade bust and denial of re-enlistment. If the individual had sufficient time to qualify for retirement, they would be forced to retire at the end of their current enlistment. If not, the person would be forced out without their pension.

Drunk, or at least over the limit, on duty, while armed, would escalate the charges considerably. While not well versed in legal matters, I would not be surprised to see court martial proceedings initiated. If convicted, punishment would probably include forfieture of pay, allowances, and benefits.

I'm guessing, a purely uneducated guess, at that, the officers pension is probably at risk unless the union or someone in city government intervenes.

This might be a great time to explore city and departmental policy and rules regarding the subject.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/10/12 at 7:01

I think a DUI is the most over punished social law in the nation. After saying that I always love to hear of one of these power hungry cops being fired or berated.

By: wasaw on 4/10/12 at 8:44

Being retired after thirty-five years in local law enforcement, I feel for this guy, but you know, no one made him come to work drunk. He could have called in and told his supervisor he was intoxicated, and wanted to take a vacation day. The supervisor could not have refused him. He might could have given him some form of suspension, but at least he would still have his job. I suppose this is an indicator of just how intoxicated he actually was.

Rasputin72, you're mindful of many folks that I've witnessed over my career. You'd be the first to call for help, but reading your mindset, I doubt you'd lift a finger to help anyone in need of real help. Not all law enforcement officers are power hungry, just as not all respondents to the City Paper articles are stupid. Give us all your phone number and we'll call you when we're in need of help. You come across as a real public servant (LOL).