Inmate busts Arapahoe County deputy accused of being drunk at work

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. -- An inmate at the Arapahoe County Jail turned in a deputy who was allegedly drunk at work, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

The inmate smelled alcohol on deputy Karl Biemel's breath and contacted another deputy, the sheriff's office said.

Biemel, 49, faces charges of driving while ability impaired and weapon-prohibited use (drunk with a gun). Both charges are misdemeanors.

The deputy did not drive a vehicle. He was released to a "sober party" at the time of the incident on Sept. 27, the sheriff's office said.

He's assigned to the court services division of the sheriff's office.

Biemel is on leave without pay while the case progresses. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 28.