PaducahPoliceCarPADUCAH, Ky. (11/29/19) — A Paducah police officer was arrested and charged with DUI on Thanksgiving.

Just before 3 a.m. Thursday, Paducah Police Department reported a PPD officer on patrol saw a vehicle in the 3100 block of Broadway quickly pull into a parking spot. The driver got out of the vehicle, and that’s when the officer recognized him as Nicholas Rolens, 27, an off-duty Paducah police officer.

“The officer believed Rolens was impaired and contacted his supervisor, who arrived on scene within minutes,” PPD wrote. “The supervisor also identified signs of impairment, and, to avoid any conflict of interest, contacted the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office to perform a DUI investigation.”

As a result, PPD revealed Rolens was charged with DUI and taken Graves County Jail.

Due to pending court proceedings, PPD indicated its agency will have no comment beyond Chief Brian Laird’s statement below:

“Early Thursday morning, I was made aware Officer Nicholas Rolens, a four-year officer with the Paducah Police Department, had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. At that time, an internal investigation was initiated. After reviewing the facts of the case, I met with Officer Rolens Friday morning. During the meeting, Rolens accepted complete responsibility for his actions and resigned his position as a Paducah police officer.

"It is extremely disappointing to lose an officer under these circumstances. As police officers, we know and understand the high standard of conduct we are held to, both on and off duty. Although we strive to always maintain those high standards, police officers are human and make mistakes. 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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