WEAVERVILLE, Calif. - A California Highway Patrol officer was arrested in the Trinity River area on charges of driving under the influence of drugs.
Officer Michael Kessinger was arrested on Wednesday, May 15, according to CHP Trinity River Area Commander, Lieutenant Ryan Ham.
Ham said Kessinger was charged for behavior that occurred while he was off-duty in the area of Hilltop Drive.
According to the initial report, authorities seized approximately one gram of methamphetamine during Kessinger's arrest.
"I want to assure the public that we take any allegation of misconduct by our employees, whether on or off duty, very seriously," Ham said. "I want to emphasize that the alleged conduct of this employee does not reflect the values, hard work, dedication and professionalism of the CHP and its more than 11,000 employees, who proudly work each day to provide the best in safety, service, and security to the people of California."
The California Highway Patrol is conducting an internal investigation into the allegations and has also forwarded the case to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.