Denver Police detective Michael Lemmons suspension reinstated for DUI, weapons charge

DENVER - A Denver police officer who fought his 90 day suspension for a DUI charge will have to serve the full amount of time.

Last year, Detective Michael Lemmons was seriously injured in an off-duty crash on his personal motorcycle in 2010, according to the Civil Service Commission. No one else was hurt.

In April 2011, Denver's Manager of Safety Charles Garcia suspended Lemmons for 90 days for driving under the influence and fined him two days pay for prohibited use of a weapon, according to a disciplinary order. The weapon charge was added because Lemmons was in possession of a weapon while allegedly under the influence.

A hearing office overruled the weapons violation and reduced the suspension from 90 days to 14 days.

However, the Civil Service Commission said after it reviewed the disciplinary matrix and the interpretation of the weapons law, they reinstated the original discipline -- a 90-day suspension and two day fine.

Lemmons has the right to appeal the commissioners decision to the Denver District Court.

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