BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - Michigan State Police investigators will conduct an investigation at the request of the Calhoun County Prosecutor to help determine if charges should be filed in the case of a drunk driving crash involving two off-duty Battle Creek officers.
Officers William Gensch and Jennifer Appl were involved in the wreck on July 31. But responding officers didn't arrest driver Gensch, who appeared visibly intoxicated and was aggressive. A police report released later showed his blood-alcohol content (BAC) level was three times the legal limit.
The apparent mishandling of the investigation made it difficult to press drunk driving charges against Gensch.
MSP investigators say they have been asked to follow up on a few details for the prosecutor to determine of charges should be filed in the case.
Detectives plan to begin interviews on Monday, and expect the investigation will take about a week.
It will then be up to the prosecutor to determine if charges should be filed.
The initial request for assistance from MSP was made in writing approximately three weeks ago by the Calhoun County Prosecutor's Office, MSP Lt. Chuck Christensen told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday.
Two officers were already disciplined because of the mishandling of that crash investigation. The responding lieutenant was demoted to sergeant without the possibility of future advancement. Gensch was suspended for 20 days without pay.