Ex-policewoman pleads guilty after traffic accident

A former Jefferson City police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges in connection with an October 2011 traffic accident.

Rachael Barnard, 36, was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, and careless and imprudent driving.

As part of a plea agreement, she was placed on two years unsupervised probation and ordered to complete 50 hours of community service and pay $850 in fines and court costs.

She also was ordered to pay restitution, which Associate Circuit Judge Thomas L. Sodergren said was $568.50 and was paid before Barnard’s Thursday afternoon court appearance and guilty plea.

“Police officers are held to a high standard; however they’re human beings,” Bogdan Susan, Barnard’s Columbia attorney, said late Thursday afternoon. “Rachael regrets this incident and is extremely remorseful and accepted full responsibility for it today.”

She was not on duty when the accident happened, and resigned from the police department afterward.

Police reported the accident occurred at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 24, a Monday, in the 1600 block of Tanner Bridge Road.

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