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

donutshopguy

So she was driving drunk and passed out in the Taco Bell drive thru Thanksgiving day ?

Just add her to the list of other LE misfits from the area. You just got to love a drunk police officer with a gun. Of course the "blue line" coverup was in full force.

Phil Packer

Well played, Kate.

Cowboy

Ummmmm yeah, SR you might want to read your headline out loud so you can see it doesn't make sense. Try the word "as" instead of "at".

totallyamazed

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This is a shame.

Local LE has been taking it on the chin as of late. Personally when trouble arises within the ranks, I feel for the force as a whole. I know a few cops. They are dedicated and doing a fine job protecting us. It's a tough job one that I'm glad I didn't do.
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2cents

(an employee at the fast food joint)
I think Taco Bell would prefer restaurant!

YouDon'tSay

So someone in LE had some drinks, on the biggest drinking day of the year, big deal. Do you read the police blotter? Do you blame her or any of them for "cutting loose" for an evening? Trying to report for duty was wrong, but atleast she told them why she was calling off. It would be just another entry on page A9 if she didn't have a badge.

luvblues2

She drove home drunk. She's a cop.

YouDon'tSay

She messed up, yes, but it's only making headlines because of that. I'm sure plenty of other people drink and drive with higher titles. I'm pretty sure a Firelands ER doc has gotten several DUIs and he's still treating patients.

Good 2 B Me

ER Doc s not in question. A POLICE OFFICER DRIVING DRUNK is what is in question. Sworn to uphold the very same law that she has taken for granted!

luvblues2

Beat me to it G2BMe. Same same , though.

luvblues2

The doc doesn't pull people over for breaking the same law she did, either....How can one uphold the same law that they have broken themselves?

Good 2 B Me

Well said! Kind of hyprocritical huh!

luvblues2

Yeah? In what instance have you watched a doc pull someone over on the highway and take them to jail for having bronchitis or kidney failure? LOL G2BMe...:)

YouDon'tSay

Sooooo, it's not OK for a police officer to make a mistake of drinking and driving, but it is OK to let an intoxicated doctor slice you open?

luvblues2

There are laws against that as well.

luvblues2

And really? She made a "mistake"? SHE DROVE HOME DRUNK. SHE'S A COP.

YouDon'tSay

You stated that already. Go on.....

luvblues2

:(...Go back to school, darlin'.

Second Opinion

Let me guess, you also consider legalizing same sex marriage and drug use as a great idea too .....

Good 2 B Me

What an arrogant assumption. How about focusing on the story instead of peronal atacks on commenters.

Second Opinion

If you noticed, my reply was not to you but to YouDontSay. And it does focus on his/her statements, if whoever youdontsay is can't reason out what you posted then his reasoning skills are so bad he also can't understand God or morality.

wiredmama222

Police officers know better as they are held to a degree of higher reasoning than we are . They know the laws are there and are sworn to uphold them. Breaking them is not something deliberately themselves that any police officer would do.

This girl knew better but went ahead and deliberately drove drunk, passed out in her car and still tried to drive. Being that intoxicated in a vehicle shows not only impaired judgement, but failure to exercise ANY judgement whatsoever. She should have had someone come and get her until she could sleep it off.

Instead she chose to break the law. She is lucky she didn't kill someone in the process of driving intoxicated.

I fear it could have been me....or you. All cops know the rules...her included.

JACKEL

Love it ! meant for LOVESBLUE2 I hie reply but not hard enough !

DGMutley

She drove home drunk. She's a cop. <<< luvblues2

You don't know if she drove home drunk.

eightballcuet1

She was not only driving drunk, but she was going into work in full uniform and carrying a gun WHILE STILL INTOXICATED!!!!. I find this totally unacceptable. Way to go Chief!!!

WhatTheHeck

She pulled me over in August. Told me she smelled booze. Really? Sober as a church mouse I was. She smelled herself! I wanted to persue it further but the with wife asked me to just shut it down.

JIMBO2

There's a security job at the mall for the holidays in her future.

Darwin's choice

" Kate Blart "?? "Mall Cop"

luvblues2

I wonder how many busts she has accrued for DWI...What will those people think when she gets off and just loses her job?

RNR

1. I truly believe there should be courtsey amoung police officers.... as in if they become too drunk to drive off duty, they should be able to call and officer for a ride if they are not busy at the time. 2. However, If I KNEW I was supposed to work at 3am... I would be in bed by 8pm....Not out drinking, whatever job I do. I would not be calling off last minute because i became too drunk. 3. Taxis in Sandusky run $6 anywhere in the city.... and they will run thru taco bell for you.

lifetimeresident

@What the heck
She pulled me over in July. Told me I smelled like Taco's. She was right, and she took my bag of Tacos and Mild sauce and gave me a warning.

allrhetoricanyway

LOL!!!!! That's just damn funny!!!!!

allrhetoricanyway

LOL!!!!! That's just damn funny!!!!!

OMG.LOL.WT_

reply to: allrhetoricanyway
More like Abuse of Power.

Minnow

Do as I say not as I do!!! Its a shame, does the "OATH" mean anything??Apparently NOT! There are alot of good cops out there but there are also alot of pigs out there too. Yes PIGS, you know who you are, driving drunk, beating your wifes, flexing your arrogant attitudes. Think back folks how many times have you seen local cops, deputys and yes even troopers all off duty at bars (Dutch, Dalys, Mr Ed's in PC ect ect..) and then drive home in there personal vehicles. Its a shame. Its easy to be an academy cop, its not easy being a GOOD COP!!!

clubfrog

one less cop looking for DIM license plate lights ....o ya !

allrhetoricanyway

Put a blanket over it!! Just like ALL cops that drink and drive and school administrators that get dui"s covered up and city officials stealing for YEARS,it's DEF a NEWS story to NEVER END!!!!!!

Sit n Spin

If she keeps her job will the police cruiser have "party plates" ?

Curtis

And a Guardian Interlock System so she has to give a breath sample before her cruiser will start!

whopper2011

Nice that The Perkins Police Chief throws her name our there, but won't divulge the names of the other 2 officers. Sorry, but it does sound like she is going to be the one who has to get roasted in the eyes of the public while the other 2 officers' names are kept quiet.

What a Crock of S***!!

iamrevolutionary

Agree Whopper! All are guilty or complicit.

Perkins2060

Who's the dude in the pic?

Gardenman

Seems like if I remember correctly this is the same officer that banged up one of the relatively new Dodge police cruisers when she hit a concrete traffic barrier some months ago? As I remember some $1000 + damage was done to the police cruiser.

MrSandusky

Didn't a high ranking Register employee get pulled over for DUI earlier this year? Funny how that wasn't smeared all over the website and print edition.

YouDon'tSay

Exactly! THANK YOU!

Sarah Weber

There have been Register employees who have gotten into trouble in past years, and it has been reported on, but nothing has happened within the past year or two. All the reporters and editors are aware that if we get busted, we're going into print just like everyone one else. Also, I think it's worthwhile to note there are people who are charged with drunken driving almost every day in Erie County and it's noted as no more than a blotter item in the paper. If they do something dangerous or cause an accident, it would likely become a brief or story, depending on how serious it is. The reason why we're treating this incident with greater importance is because this officer was in full uniform (with her gun) intending to come into work intoxicated when the chief intercepted her, and because we're not sure how she got home (whether someone gave her a ride or if she drove.) In the past, officers have been fired from local police forces for drunken driving, so it seems important to know if that's what this officer did.

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Thanks for that input, Sarah, but I seem to remember the managing editor getting a DUI about 8 or 9 years ago and the report only ranked a second page blurb..

Darkhorse

Can someone put the newest blogs on top (first page) instead of at the bottom several pages over so it is easier to view and we don't have to hunt way back into several pages for the latest blog? Thank you.

heaven-leigh

Yes, that would be helpful.

DGMutley

"This a fine kettle of fish we're in." No, it wasn't Chief Klamar that said that. It was Oliver Hardy.

"Perkins police administrators have confirmed Officer Kate Barker was indeed the woman passed out in a car at a Taco Bell..." from exhaustion?

In my opinion Chief Klamar had no business going into Ms. Barker's home and dragging her out to go to Firelands for a blood alcohol test. She wasn't on duty. If the Chief smelled alcohol he should have simply given her the day off and advised her that there would be a reprimand. But, everything has been done, we can't go back and redo it the way it should have been done. We just pick up the pieces and go on.

Officer Barker violated her Drug Free Workplace Policy by being under the influence and not being able to report to duty. She should be reprimanded accordingly.

jas

If the "they're always on duty" argument is sufficient to allow police officers to waste taxpayer money by taking police cruisers home like their personal cars then shouldn't "they're always on duty" argument also apply to getting drunk before reporting to work? I have yet to see any commenter who can justify trerating this officer any differently than any one else. Police Officers should be held to a higher standard, not a lower standard since "they're always on duty".

DGMutley

jas,
In all due respect the argument that "they're always on duty" and "should be held to a higher standard" is to be in denial that LE officers do party like everyone else and do use alcohol. Sometimes alcohol gets to be a problem in LE.

asweetnessabove

Agreed, until thy are getting drunk when they should have been on shift! Jas is right. If she didn't pick up O.T. Or was not supposed to be into work at 7 am, then party away. Instead, she was DRUNK, way past legal limit, assuming she drove home drunk, and then in full uniform getting ready to hop in a police cruiser, still drunk. She screwed up and your argument here DG isn't justified.

MrSandusky

Wasn't there a Sandusky Register Employee that was pulled over for DUI not too long ago, funny how that story was not smeared all over the paper.

jas

I find it amazing that some people think this is no big deal. If a McDonald's employee showed up drunk for work carrying a gun, everyone would be in panic mode but when a police officer does it, we're expected to look the other way and act like it was a simple mistake. I guess all the studies that show the psychological profiles of cops and criminals are the same is once again proven accurate. By the way, I don't recall a Sandusky Register employee getting a DUI but there's a substantial difference between writing a newspaper article while drunk and enforcing the law while drunk. One carries a pen and the other carries a gun. Big difference.

KnuckleDragger

Agreed, hence the saying "The only thing that separates a cop from a criminal is a badge."

DGMutley

jas,
Ms. Barker didn't show up for work drunk carrying a gun. She was in her house getting ready for work. There is a considerable difference. You're spinning the situation. Had Chief Klamar called her not to report to work as he should have done and the off-duty officer at the Pump done what he should have done there wouldn't have been any issue except an unauthorized absence from work.

jas

The only reason she didn't show up for work drunk and carrying a gun is the actions of the Chief. He deserves credit for personally looking into an officers misbehavior which was going to have a substantial effect on her work if he didn't take action. He could have done nothing and waited until she got to work but he was being justifiably proactive in trying to stop a potentially serious problem and a crime - either a drunk driver or an employee with a gun showing up drunk for work. Without the Chiefs actions, it could have been the McDonald's example I gave. That's not spin.

DGMutley

You didn't read my post. "Had Chief Klamar called her not to report to work as he should have done and the off-duty officer at the Pump done what he should have done there wouldn't have been any issue except an unauthorized absence from work."

Julie R.

Why are they keeping the names of the other two officers a secret? Are the other two officers male or female?

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 ?

SandTownBry

I didnt say i knew she was Drunk..what i said is she drove herself and left around the same time we did..she wasnt driveing like she was drunk..and if she was i woulda been more then happy to call the cops.So they can just try covering it up..but thanks 4 asking,,

Dont Worry Be Happy

Your last comment...so they can try to cover it up. I don't get that either they didn't try to cover it if they did we would not be blogging about this.

asweetnessabove

Stop wasting your time Don't Worry Be Happy, it's impossible to argue with someone who knows all about the PPD and their "shadyness".

You just can't fix ignorance.

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xdefiance

How would this story go if she would have chosen to smoke a joint?

Mum-of-One

She was drunk, that is obvious. I think the real problem is that the police officers who attended at Taco Bell said they didn't find anyone. It is possible the did find her and drover her home. If they didn't drive her home then they let her drive drunk. Then the Chief went to her house himself instead of having the Sheriff's Dept do so and that has saved her from prosecution. I wonder how it would have turned out if that was me passed out drunk in the drive thru would all this have been done for me?