ELKO — The internal investigation of a sheriff’s sergeant accused of driving to a bar in his patrol car has been completed, and the sergeant has resigned. 

Sgt. Mike Otterstrom, who was scheduled to retire Dec. 1 but resigned on Sunday, went to the Watering Hole in Spring Creek on Nov. 17 and became intoxicated, Undersheriff Clair Morris said.

Another deputy gave Otterstrom a ride home, but Otterstrom allegedly drove back to the bar in his patrol car. A deputy found him at the bar. He was not on duty at the time, Morris said.

Otterstrom was placed on administrative leave and his patrol car and other equipment were turned in. Morris said a disciplinary hearing will take place today.

Morris wouldn’t comment further, saying the incident was a personnel matter.

Otterstrom has worked for the sheriff’s office for 23 years. In 2012, he received the Nevada Peace Officer of the Year award from the Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada, a law enforcement lobby organization.

He has been the president of the Elko County Deputy Sheriff’s Association for more than a decade, according to Free Press Files. He acted as a liaison between deputies and administrators during labor disputes.  He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 1998.

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Big Rick
Big Rick

What a crappy way to end an otherwise stellar career. All the good this guys done in the last 20 years and now , he' gonna be remembered for being a lush. What in the HELL is going on with law enforcement in Elko ???

Big Rick
Big Rick

He drove a MARKED patrol car, with SERGEANT SUPERVISOR stenciled on it, to a freakin' BAR ? Was he ARMED ? And if he was, he should be prosecuted like any other drunk with a gun. WHAT A WASTE !

miamor
miamor

@BIG RICK ---OH MY GOODNESS----he screwed up---he resigned. He is not a waste you IDIOT, he's human---and made a poor choice. And I have news for you it's not JUST IN ELKO.

DEBoyd
DEBoyd

Rooting for the Jacksonville Jaguars this year would be a poor choice. Perpetrating the behavior Otterstrom did is a bit more sever, complicated and deserving of sanctions than your terms begin to address. Diminishing his responsibility actions for his actions as a poor choice is one reason we have so many criminals roaming our streets these day.

dramamoose
dramamoose

He screwed up? What about the last decade years of being the alcoholic president of the Elko County Deputy Sheriff's Association? Or the last 23 years? Or the DUI he won't be prosecuted for?

dramamoose
dramamoose

Typical Elko law enforcement. Luckily he resigned rather than getting to retire. Hopefully he won't be getting a pension or any other sort of support from the taxpayers of Elko. He's lucky he didn't get a DUI, we all know that any of us the cop would have waited until we got into our car, then pulled us over and arrested us.

Cubs Fan
Cubs Fan

Another drive by cheap shot directed at law enforcement by dramamouse. Shocking...

ElkoCourts
ElkoCourts

I do not know Mike Otterstrom personally but know many people who do. I believe he is a good officer and is fair and friendly. He was definitely not a hated member of law enforcement by the community. Most of the posters flaming him are just trolls that want to flame or critique any law enforcement member regardless of their background or history and I feel it is unfair all these trolls do such a thing. My two cents.

Ken
Ken

He should still get his retirement but probably not at this time he will have to wait for later in life. I new mike and not because he arrested me or wrote me a tiket. He always seemed ok but yes he could be very cocky but then again alot of people are that way. That still don't change what he did he still deserves to be punished with zero tolerance for being employed in law enforcement.

olddawg
olddawg

I think maybe since its his life and he chose to go down in flames its not up to us to judge him he's the one that has to face himself in the mirror far as getting a break on the Dui good for him besides that a first time Dui charge is nothing comparied to maybe loosing 23 year suspension public ridicule

olddawg
olddawg

Pension. Auto correct got me again and think about this you never know what he knows or seen that pushed him over the edge bedsides how many of you git pulled over and ask for a break? Just let the man live in peace

It'sme
It'sme

Mike will be just fine. Maybe he does drink a lot maybe because the things he has seen over the years haunt him and its an escape. A lot of people drink not just cops he isn't the only person to drive a company vehicle after drinking. And as no breath or blood test was given maybe he sobered up and was under the legal limit. Good luck in the future mike you will do great!

DEBoyd
DEBoyd

Oswald Chambers has a few thoughts on this topic. What some here are suggesting is that we dispense with moral law as an act of forgiveness. There is power in morality that we lose forever if we dismiss our shortcomings by suspending judgments of right and wrong. Moral law does not make itself weak to the weak by excusing those shortcomings. Moral law never changes, either for the highest of society or for the weakest in the world. It is enduring and eternally the same.

Rogue
Rogue

I have to wonder how long it will be before he is arrested for a DUI, now that he is a commoner. I wonder how many times his police buddies will let him go, before he hurts someone. He is a regular drinker and it's just a matter of time.

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