Court docs: Cop convicted in AR-15 incident violated probation by consuming alcohol during firearms training

Court docs: Cop convicted in AR-15 incident violated probation by consuming alcohol during firearms training
Cincinnati Police Officer David Jenkins appearing in court in March 2017. (FOX19 NOW/file)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati police officer arrested last year and convicted of carrying an AR-15 style rifle while drunk off duty to engage in police activity is now accused of consuming alcohol during firearms training, a court record shows.

Officer David Jenkins, 46, is due in Hamilton County Municipal Court Monday to face Judge Brad Greenberg on a probation violation charge, according to court records.

"Failure to do special condition: As Per Cincinnati Police Department, the defendant consumed alcohol during firearms training on Dec. 20, 2017; He blew a .053 BAC and against court order," Hamilton County Probation Officer Sara Bolser wrote.

As of Dec. 20, Jenkins' police powers were suspended, according to Cincinnati police.

He is currently assigned to administrative duties in District 3.

A Dec. 22 court order stipulates that all weapons were to be removed from his possession immediately, records show.

Jenkins did not respond to a cell phone message seeking comment.

Sgt. Dan Hils, police union president, declined comment.

Jenkins was also put on desk duty and stripped of his police powers following his March 13 arrest on misdemeanor charges of using weapons while intoxicated and disorderly conduct, city records show.

He was convicted July 18 after pleading to the disorderly conduct charge, according to court records. The charge of using weapons while intoxicated was dismissed.

Greenberg sentenced Jenkins to 30 days in jail with 30 suspended, 5 years probation and $160 in court costs and fines, record state.

Jenkins was accused of using the AR-15 style rifle to "engage in police activity by searching hallways," a criminal complaint shows. He created "a condition that presents a risk of physical harm to the offender," other court records state.

The offense occurred in a building on High Forest Lane in Mt. Airy, FOX19 NOW learned earlier this year. Jenkins' fellow officers encountered him when they were called to investigate shortly after 1:30 a.m.

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FOX19 NOW Legal Analyst Mike Allen said he would be surprised if the judge didn't order some type of alcohol counseling the officer.

"Obviously it's a very serious problem and I'm sure Judge (Greenberg) will deal with it," Allen said.

"You simply can't mix alcohol with firearms. It becomes even more egregious when it's a police officer and it's the second time that it happened."

Jenkins joined Cincinnati police in 2002 and worked in District 3 on the city's west side before his arrest, his personnel file shows.

Job performance reviews before his arrest were good, showing he exceeded or met all expectations.

Supervisors called him dependable, hard-working and wrote that he is well-liked and respected by other officers.

Described as big-hearted by colleagues, the officer has experienced traumatic and violent incidents on the job.

Jenkins was with Cincinnati Police Sgt. Bryce Bezdek when Bezdek was hit and critically hurt while laying down stop-sticks to try to halt a motorist fleeing the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office n November 2007.

Bezdek was thrown 35 feet into a concrete pole. He was airlifted to a hospital and spent more than a week in a coma.

Jenkins also was there when a vehicle pursuit ended with a carjacking suspect leaping from a still-moving car and jumping off the Brent Spence Bridge into the Ohio River to avoid arrest in December 2006.

Officers briefly saw the man in the Ohio River some 115 feet below before he vanished.

"We were shot at together during a Family Dollar (store) robbery," recalled one of Jenkins' former supervisors, Sgt. James Perkins.

"He has seen a lot. I don't want to make excuses for his actions but, at the same time, this job can eat at your soul, so I am sympathetic to his issues."

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