Taco Bell worker IDs Perkins cop as passed out customer

Perkins police administrators have confirmed Officer Kate Barker was indeed the woman passed out in a car at a Taco Bell drive-through early Thanksgiving morning.
Emil Whitis
Nov 30, 2012

After seeing Barker's photo in the Register this week, an employee at the fast food joint confirmed the woman was Barker, police said.    

Barker was placed on paid administrative leave Thanksgiving Day, after police Chief Ken Klamar, acting on a tip from an employee, arrived at her home and found her intoxicated as she was about to head to work.

She was dressed in full uniform — including a handgun strapped to her belt — when Klamar showed up at the home. He took her to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where a test registered her blood-alcohol content well above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, police said.   

At least two other Perkins officers, still unnamed, are also the focus of Klamar's internal investigation into the morning's events.    

Klamar has promised a "swift" and "thorough" investigation.  

For more on this ongoing story, pick up a copy of Friday's Register.

Comments

cockynurse

Julie:

witch hunt, for some reason. Officers are to serve and protect. How in heavens did the officers who showed up at the Pump serve and protect the community by allowing a fellow officer drive home? Their inaction at that time could've very well proved deadly.

cockynurse

And the point of this article is....? She was not caught drinking and driving. Even if the taco bell employee is right-there's no way to prove her BAC at that time. She could've gone home and downed half a bottle of vodka.

Certainly, her boss was suspicious that she would still be under the influence when she reported to work-which makes me think she may have reported to work previously and her sobriety was questioned but not enough there to send her for testing.

I am not for LE breaking the law and totally against DUI; but, this appears to be a witch hunt and Barker is the hunted.

luvblues2

How many times have you just fallen asleep going through a carry out fast food joint? Better there than on the road, I guess.

Tru Grit

This is what I am getting in a nutshell.

1. She passed out behind the wheel and her fellow co-workers couldn't find her, yet she was passed out behind the wheel.

2. After calling off and saying she was to "intoxicated" to work the chief shows up at her bachelor pad and find her hammered and walking out to actually come to work.

3. Names are being left out like crazy.

4. How did little miss "oh just cutting loose at the pump" even get the thought of drinking when she knew she had to work the next day as a COP.

5. You call it a witch hunt, I call it a chief who is sick and tired of turds being hired in and then "cutting loose" and making the whole department look like a bunch of drunks, racists and pretty much terrible law enforcement officals.

My two cents on the whole thing is this. Barker was wrong for drinking the night before she had to work. Ok, fine call off like any reasonable person would do. Where she went wrong is driving over the legal limit (you're a cop might I add) and passing out at Taco Bell. So this cop put other peoples lives in danger driving drunk. Now she mysteriously gets home when three other cops were called to the scene... Something doesn't add up. She then decides after calling off that she is going to come into work hammered off her butt, but the one guy doing his job (the chief) pays her a little visit and finds (little miss cutting loose) tipsy topsy walkin to come to work. Fire her and fire anyone who helped her!

To the PPD chief thank you for trimming the fat off your staff and keeping only the lean good people.

luvblues2

Well said, Tru Grit.

whopper2011

Also, has anybody thought that the Taco Bell employee identified her BECAUSE her picture was plastered all over the paper and website-not because she was actually the one who was passed out?

KURTje

Another reason why women should not be in combat.

mrjsiah

Its crazy some of the same people taking up for her are the same ones bashing Demar moore for getting drunk and driving . He was a coach she is a officer he pulled to the side and slept she ran up the time meter at taco bell while she was taking a snooze

queenjhb

chief Klamar needs to get his officers to understand, this is not just a job, you represent the police department everyday 24/7/365, you should conduct your life as if you are being scrutinized by everyone, children,parents, teens, adult men & women, everyone. What impression are you leaving them with , respecting you, or are they thinking how unbecoming you are for an officer , drunk is ugly , a police officer drunk is shameful anywhere, any time,any gender. If you cant walk the walk ,turn in your badge, then you can drink yourself happy,sad ,glad and no one will care. Police officers can be better than this,and we should expect them to be.Chief Klamar will not tolerate a coverup of officers by officers,nomatter what has to be dealt with..

queenjhb

chief Klamar needs to get his officers to understand, this is not just a job, you represent the police department everyday 24/7/365, you should conduct your life as if you are being scrutinized by everyone, children,parents, teens, adult men & women, everyone. What impression are you leaving them with , respecting you, or are they thinking how unbecoming you are for an officer , drunk is ugly , a police officer drunk is shameful anywhere, any time,any gender. If you cant walk the walk ,turn in your badge, then you can drink yourself happy,sad ,glad and no one will care. Police officers can be better than this,and we should expect them to be.Chief Klamar will not tolerate a coverup of officers by officers,nomatter what has to be dealt with..

COASTER4

It comes down to personal responsibility. Ms. Barker should be ashamed of her behavior.I am sure there are plenty of other "responsible" potential officers out there that are more qualified. She should be fired and while she is thinking about her next career move, perhaps she should take the time to clean herself up,she has A LOT of issues. The Chief was right in paying her a visit and obviously he suspected something. Whom ever else was involved should also be fired by all means. As a police officer you are a public figure, you are a role model, and you have a responsibility to to the community so yes it's right that her bad decision making is in the newspaper. She has no business being a police officer ever again. Maybe she could work at Taco Bell?!?! Is she married, have kids?? Bet they are proud.

COASTER4

It comes down to personal responsibility. Ms. Barker should be ashamed of her behavior.I am sure there are plenty of other "responsible" potential officers out there that are more qualified. She should be fired and while she is thinking about her next career move, perhaps she should take the time to clean herself up,she has A LOT of issues. The Chief was right in paying her a visit and obviously he suspected something. Whom ever else was involved should also be fired by all means. As a police officer you are a public figure, you are a role model, and you have a responsibility to to the community so yes it's right that her bad decision making is in the newspaper. She has no business being a police officer ever again. Maybe she could work at Taco Bell?!?! Is she married, have kids?? Bet they are proud.

BIGMOE

Even someone in LE has to have time to their self.....Its a very tough job and even they need time to relax and get their minds off the job......She made the same old mistake and now shes got to pay the piper

eightballcuet1

I agree that LE personell needs to have time for themselves but you don't do it when you gotta work the next day and you make sure you have a designated driver.

heaven-leigh

Don't like the cops? Next time you're in trouble call a crackhead.

jas

I don't like drunk cops or crackheads. I know the cop is carrying a gun drunk. I don't know whether the crackhead is armed or not. My chances seem better with the crackhead than the drunk cop. Just sayin'.

Whether it's a crackhead or drunk cop, neither behavior is acceptable or excuseable. This cop and all the others need to find a better way to "blow off steam" than getting drunk the night before you're on duty. If the Chief wants to get rid of all the cops who get involved in this kind of irresponsible behavior, the community should be totally supportive of his efforts. Good job, Chief.

luvblues2

Crackheads don't get paid to uphold the law.

wiredmama222

I am going to go way out on a limb here and play devil's advocate for this cop here. Has anyone considered this lady may have a drinking problem she cannot control? Maybe she needs professional help with it?

We sit here and type one criticism after another about what she has done (all true by the way) but no one has said something about this. Could it be that this lady is an alcoholic? Could it be that this woman needs help with a huge problem?

Alcoholism is a disease, not something easily controlled. If she does have a problem with it, granted she should not be in this line of work. She shouldn't be carrying a gun. But she does need help and she needs our pity, not our sad remarks.

If that is the case, I hope the department can get her the help she needs before they let her go. There is nothing more sad than someone with a drinking problem. They usually don't even want to admit they have it. Then they don't want to stop drinking. Then they can't stop drinking and its a downward spiral until they hit rock bottom. This might be her rock bottom.

If it is, I wish her well and hope she gets help with it. I hope she gets what she needs when she needs it. God bless her.

luvblues2

Amen, wired...

SandTownBry

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mrmorency

So what you're saying is... you knew she was drunk... you followed her for nearly two miles... but you didn't call the cops yourself? Had she actually gotten into an accident and hurt/killed an innocent person you should be held accountable, too. As should anyone who knowingly let's someone drink and drive, which you literally did. It obviously wasn't YOUR problem then but it's YOUR chance to bad mouth PPD now. I hate hypocrites.

Dont Worry Be Happy

Good post Mrmorency

Dont Worry Be Happy

I have not seen a bad article on the PPD since McClung left, hmmmm!

asweetnessabove

I have to agree. Perkins has not had as nearly as many issues as Sandusky P.D. But for this person to bad mouth the township, try walking in any officers shoes. I'm not just saying that because I'm related to an officer, I'm saying that because of the stories I hear.

You watched this officer drive drunk for two miles... We're you drunk yourself? Hypocrite indeed!

SandTownBry

i guess if she was driveing like she was drunk it would have been a diffrent story.and how many times have you went to dinner had a drink and got in ur car an drove home???? Really dont even go there with the hypocrite card im sorry the truth hurts and it is the PPD that always get in trouble an that are always in the paper for something..once again they give Sandusky a bad name!!! SOOOOO GET OVER IT I CALL IT LIKE I SEE IT IF U DONT LIKE IT MOVE THE F**K on!! ..i can dig up so much on the cops in perkins its sad to even look at.theres still 4 shadys that are working there but im sure in do time they will get caught also..but anyways on that note..THANKS AND ENJOY UR DAY!! BUH BYE

Dont Worry Be Happy

Having A drink at dinner does not qualify being a hypocrite. If i were to have as many as she did and drove then got on here to post then I would be considered a hypocrite. Plus no I have not seen articles of the PPD officers being in trouble, nobody or no department is perfect but I would have to say these PPD officers keep crime down and that's why I feel safe living in Perkins twp.

mrmorency

Are you drunk right now? Did you actually type that comment or did you just throw your hands on the keyboard until it looked like words? Since when is PPD "always in trouble" or "always in the paper"? It's not PPD that gives Sandusky it's "bad name", I can assure you of that. No one says "gee if it weren't for Perkins Police, I'd probably move to Sandusky." Dig, baby, dig! I'm sure the Register would at least entertain your stories.

You can't have it both ways. Saying you saw her having drink after drink at the bar and then criticizing her for driving, all while saying you followed her but she wasn't "driving like she was drunk" so it wasn't your responsibility to call the cops doesn't make sense. So was she drunk at the bar? Yes. Was she drunk when you saw her get in the car? Yes. Were you driving drunk, too? Is that why you didn't call the cops? Rhetorical question, I don't care if you were or not. Doesn't make what she did right. Doesn't make your admitted inaction right.

richrs

I guess we are not reading the same paper. Last scandal PPD had was McClung. Now SPD is another story. Like the Keystone Kops. And Perkins could NEVER give Sandusky a bad name. Sandusky does very well doing that on it's own. So put down your copy of the Fantasy Island Gazette and start reading the SR. Oh BTW when you have to resort to vulgarities you show your lack of intelligence and you inmaturity.

TuffNutts2011

If she was a drug addict that just committed a few burlaries something they would send her to treatment.

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While it seems driving drunk and heading out to work drunk would be totally inappropriate for anyone in any profession, (well I guess an 'exotic' dancer would be the exception as long as she got a ride to work ?), I'm sure this young woman has a good reason why she strapped on the sidearm along with her flask ?

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