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August 31, 2021
LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced Valerie O'Brien, a former captain with the Michigan State University Police Department, pleaded guilty as charged to operating a motor vehicle with a high blood alcohol content (BAC) and carrying a concealed pistol while under the influence.
Monday afternoon before Ingham County 55th District Court Judge Richard L. Hillman, O'Brien pleaded guilty to:
Judge Hillman sentenced O'Brien to the following terms:
In February, O'Brien was arrested after failing a field sobriety test and refusing a preliminary breath test (PBT). She had pulled onto the shoulder of I-96 and the Michigan State Police inquired if she needed assistance.
MSP reported a blood test later showed she had a BAC of 0.251.
O'Brien's police-issued pistol was in the back seat of her car at the time of arrest.
Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Seimon petitioned for a Special Prosecuting Attorney after the arrest and the Michigan Department of Attorney General retained prosecution of this case.
"Those who vow to protect and serve must ensure they're upholding that oath through their own conduct," Nessel said.
Questions related to O'Brien's employment status with MSU PD should be directed to the police department.