by: Mark Becker Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A UNCC police officer is on administrative duty and could be facing jail time after a judge charged her with contempt of court for lying under oath during a pretrial hearing on a 2009 drunken driving case where she had helped make an arrest.
Judge Christopher Bragg told officer Kim Church Monday that she could face up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for allegedly lying when she denied writing, "Why are we listening to this BS?" during a
pretrial hearing in the DWI case.
Officer Church was one of three officers who had arrested the woman who was found in her car behind a UNCC utility building in 2009 wearing only a bra.
Tests showed the woman's blood alcohol level was
0.23 percent, almost three times the legal limit.
But the woman contends that she doesn't remember anything about how she got there, and is claiming that she was drugged and may have been sexually assaulted as well.
Her attorney said blood tests did show the presence of "date rape" drugs in her system.
UNCC police did perform a rape
kit on her but that kit was lost until Thursday, when it was found in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's Property Control Department.
Her attorney said they will now have that kit examined, and it could be several months before they know if she was sexually assaulted.
In the meantime, Church will be in court on Friday to say why she should not be held in contempt of court.
In yet another twist, prosecutors from Union County will handle that hearing, since prosecutors from Mecklenburg may have to testify against Church.
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