Lansing Police Officer Sentenced for Impaired Driving

By: News Ten
By: News Ten

LANSING - A Lansing police officer is sentenced on a misdemeanor charge of impaired driving. Sgt. Todd Johnson, a 17-year veteran of the Lansing Police, was sentenced in Clinton County to pay $1,704 in fines and court costs.

Johnson was charged in August with operating while intoxicated after being involved in an accident with a a cargo truck at Chandler and State Roads in DeWitt Township. He pleaded to the slightly lesser charge in September.

Johnson was initially placed on paid administrative leave by the department, and is now working administrative duty. The police continue their own internal investigation, but expect that to conclude soon.

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  • by RT Location: Lansing on Oct 19, 2012 at 07:21 AM
    I realize this guy's penalty is similar to what others may have gotten for the same thing, but it just seems unethical and improper for a cop to be guilty of this and still keep his job which entails arresting others for the same offense.
  • by steve Location: Dewitt on Oct 18, 2012 at 06:28 PM
    Your mistake was not accidentally driving through a house. Then you would have screwed up enough for the Ingham county sheriff to intervene and cover up the crash, just like the clinton county sheriff in Dewitt.
  • by Josh on Oct 18, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    Actually the deal this cop got is almost identical to what most people get for a first offense. I would know as I got one 5 years ago. I actually had to pay even less in fines than this guy did. Another article states that now that the case is over he will have to take 3 weeks off unpaid.
  • by JeffJeff Location: Lansing on Oct 14, 2012 at 08:55 AM
    It's deals like this that no normal person would get that lead to me having no respect for these crooked cops or our ridiculous legal system that puts those closest to it above it. He should have gotten jail time.
  • by jabian Location: lansing on Oct 14, 2012 at 04:15 AM
    I think this is straight bull, I received a ouil in 98 and for 12 years have been paying for it. First of all was sitting in front of a house parked not wanting to drive because I had been drinking, but was keeping out of a domestic issue, But still paying for it after all this time because the keys were in the ignition. But here this is an LPD officer and he gets a slap on the wrist fines and costs as well as PAID administrative leave and and accident happened. Shows what power and money will do for you...Its who you know and where you work thats for sure
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