PPD officer, facing DUI charge, resigns


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A Paducah Police officer resigned Friday after being charged with driving under the influence on Thanksgiving.

Chief Brian Laird said Friday that Nicholas Rolens, 27, a four-year department veteran, was arrested early Thursday morning. An officer near the 3100 block of Broadway saw a vehicle quickly pulling into a parking spot, and recognized Rolens as he exited the vehicle, Laird said.

He said that officer contacted his supervisor, who arrived quickly on scene, and that they contacted the McCracken County Sheriff's Department to conduct the investigation to avoid a conflict of interest.

As a result of that investigation, Rolens was arrested and booked into Graves County Jail.

Laird said the department conducted an internal investigation, and he met with Rolens, who "accepted complete responsibility."

"It is extremely disappointing to lose an officer under these circumstances," Laird said in a statement, noting the "high standard of conduct" police are held to.

"While I am disappointed in the mistake of one, I am thankful for the officers and deputy who Thursday morning upheld the police department's core values of professionalism, accountability and integrity."

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