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JCPS police officer arrested after drinking, passing out in a McDonald’s drive-thru

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The employees said Minniear was drinking Bud Light in his car in the drive-thru lane before he passed out, “sitting in line for a[n] hour without moving.”

McDonald’s employees called the police to deal with an off-duty Jefferson County Public Schools security officer, who they say was drinking beer in his car and passed out in the drive-thru lane.

Police arrested an off-duty Jefferson County Public Schools security officer this week after police say he was drinking alcohol in his government vehicle. Upon a search, police also found hydrocodone and Ambien, neither of which the JCPS officer had a prescription for.

Christopher “Mike” Minniear has four charges, including possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a car, tampering with physical evidence and possession of controlled substances.

According to arrest records, Louisville Metro Police Department officers responded to a call Monday evening from employees at the McDonald’s restaurant in Auburndale about “an intoxicated individual.”

The employees said Minniear was drinking Bud Light in his car in the drive-thru lane before he passed out, “sitting in line for a[n] hour without moving.”

The arrest citation says when officers arrived they found Minniear in his government-issued vehicle nearby “parked across several parking spots.”

When officers approached, Minniear opened the driver’s side door and “poured out a dark brown liquid that [officers] believed to be alcohol from the smell emitting from subject[‘]s area.”

When questioned, Minniear told police the liquid was his own urine.

“Based on officers[‘] training and experience, [officers] believed liquid was alcohol,” the report says.

LMPD officers searched the car and found a large partially consumed liquor bottle of “dark brown liquid,” and a partially consumed can of Bud Light in the center console armrest. They also found hydrocodone and Ambien pills hidden inside a McDonald’s burger box, according to the arrest report.

Minniear’s JCPS security officer duty gear was in the back seat, police say.

Minniear blew a .019 blood alcohol level when breathalyzed, below the legal limit of .08.

According to JCPS spokesperson Carolyn Callahan, Minniear resigned Tuesday.

Minniear did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jess Clark is LPMs Education and Learning Reporter. Email Jess at jclark@lpm.org.

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