BPD officer who fell asleep in theater with a gun on his lap pleaded no contest

Off-Duty Officer Falls Asleep in theater with gun on lap, arrested for public intoxication
Posted at 4:11 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 19:11:48-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Douglas Barrier, the Bakersfield Police officer who fell asleep inside the Studio Movie Grill theater with a gun on his lap while off-duty, has pleaded no contest to one count misdemeanor drunk and disorderly conduct.

According to court officials, Barrier was referred to Pacific Educational Services to be monitored for completion of a deferred entry of judgment program.

State law says that if a person enters a deferred entry of judgment program and completes the program, they could have their criminal charges dismissed.

According to the documents, officer Douglas Barrier was watching "Frozen 2" on Dec. 19, 2019 when he was found "too intoxicated to care for his own safety," an officer reported.

Officers reported that the officer Barrier was asleep inside a "brightly lit" theater and had watery eyes, an unsteady gait and smelled of alcohol. Barrier told officers he drank at the theater inside the lobby and during the movie, however, employees told officers that Barrier did not place any orders during the movie, according to court records.

Barrier's gun was seized that evening and he was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

His sentencing is scheduled for July 2 at 8:30 a.m.