Arapahoe County deputy pleads guilty to DUI, sentenced to 15 days in jail
An Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty Friday to DUI and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and two years of supervised probation.
Karl Biemel, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence with one prior DUI, according to the district attorney’s office. In addition to jail and probation, Biemel was ordered to perform 48 hours of community service.
On Sept. 27, 2017, a co-worker reported to a supervisor that she believed Biemel was intoxicated and that she could smell alcohol on his breath, the DA’s office said in a news release. Biemel had driven to work that day and started his assignment at 7:30 a.m. in court services.
Biemel told investigators he had been drinking the night before. A breath test showed his blood alcohol level at .046 at least five hours after his shift began.
Biemel is the second deputy sentenced this month for a DUI.
Jeffery Vincent, 45, was sentenced Feb. 1 to a year of probation, and a $600 fine, after he was found guilty of driving under the influence and prohibited use of a weapon while on duty.
On Jan. 3, 2017, Vincent drove an inmate from the jail to the courthouse. About an hour later, a fellow deputy was talking to Vincent and smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed other indications that the deputy was drunk.
A blood test that was administered about four hours later showed a BAC of 0.081. Colorado law prohibits driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.05. A jury found Vincent guilty on Jan. 12, 2018.