BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - A Battle Creek police officer who was drunk when he crashed a car in July 2012 has entered a no contest plea to misdemeanor operating while intoxicated.
Officer William Gensch's blood-alcohol content (BAC) level was .285 when he crashed a car into mailboxes and street signs on July 31. Passenger and fellow officer Jennifer Appl's BAC was .369.
Gensch was also originally charged with a felony, but new Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert dropped that charge, as well as another misdemeanor charge.
With the felony dropped, Gensch was no longer in danger of losing his job. People convicted of a felony cannot be police officers in the state of Michigan.
Gensch was reprimanded by Battle Creek Police Chief Jackie Hampton after the crash. He was suspended for 20 days without pay. Also disciplined was responding officer Todd Madsen, who was demoted to sergeant after he failed to arrest Gensch and instead took an "aggressive" Gensch and Appl home.
Appl was not reprimanded for the crash, but now faces charges after allegedly showing up to work drunk.
Gensch's sentencing is set for May 28.
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