Report: Cop asleep at Hooters, tests positive for animal steroid
DENHAM SPRINGS - A report fom an internal investigation shows a cop caught sleeping on the job had three illegal steroids in his system, including one steroid meant for animal use only.
Denham Springs Police Sergeant Russell Munsell resigned amid an investigation into his suspected drug abuse. Chief Scott Jones is under investigation with the Civil Service Commission for allegedly knowing about Munsell's apparent drug abuse for years and covering it up.
In his notice of Munsell's pre-disciplinary hearing, Mayor Jimmy Durbin cited a drug test from September 26th.
According to the report, Munsell tested positive for prescription painkillers and three illegal anabolic steroids. One of the steroids was Trenbolone, which is meant for animal use only and is a federal violation for a person to possess it that is not a veterinarian.
On October 14th, Jones told WBRZ News 2, he knew nothing about allegations one of his former officers made about suspected drug abuse by Sgt. Munsell.
"I still don't know to this day exactly what he is talking about," Jones said last month.
Citing the department's internal investigation, Tuesday, Jones refused to comment on why his answers differ from his most recent statement.
In a commission hearing Monday, Jones testified, Munsell self-reported his own drug abuse in 2011.
The mayor's report also shows just how dire the sergeant's suspected drug abuse was.
Officers reported the sergeant fell asleep several times while on duty, once sitting next to a prisoner, a separate time at a Hooters restaurant, and even once when he was standing up leaning on his police unit in a public parking lot for 20 minutes.
Other officers reported Munsell failed to respond to calls, putting officers at risk and that he would forget details about certain cases, including a rape investigation.
The report also shows a nurse at Our Lady of the Lake in Walker told the department on August 21st Munsell showed up to a hospital in full uniform with alcohol on his breath and fell asleep numerous times.
Munsell resigned before the mayor could make his decision about the sergeant's fate with the force.
The commission is nearing the end of its investigation into the alleged cover-up.