JCPD declines independent investigation into officer's DWI

Jefferson City's Police Department has decided to forgo calling-in an independent investigator for the case of a police officer arrested on suspicion of DWI. Rachael Barnard was arrested on Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. "We are capable of handling this without conflict," Captain Bob Cynova said when asked if there was a conflict of interest in having the department's officers investigate one of their own. Captain Cynova also said that Barnard's case will be handled municipally and that City Prosecutor Brian Stumpe will be the one to decide whether to file charges. Cynova said it is typical for first-time DWI offenders to be prosecuted in municipal court instead of through the county prosecutor.In the past, Jefferson City Police have asked for special investigators in officer-involved incidents. For example, in 2009 an officer hit a pedestrian on Highway 50. The Highway Patrol was called in to investigate the incident. The pedestrian was lifeflighted to University Hospital and died three weeks later. A report on the accident said the officer was speeding, but the accident likely would have happened even if the officer had been driving the speed limit.Barnard is currently on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, according to Jefferson City Police Captain Bob Cynova.