BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - An off-duty Battle Creek police officer who was drunk when he crashed a car in July 2012 has been sentenced.
William Gensch was sentenced Wednesday to pay fines and court costs to the tune of $1,030. He will not serve jail or probation time.
In April, Gensch pleaded no contest to misdemeanor operating while intoxicated. Gensch's blood-alcohol content (BAC) level was .285 when he crashed a car into mailboxes and street signs on July 31. His passenger Jennifer Appl, also an off-duty Battle Creek officer, had a BAC of .369.
The state suspended Gensch's driver's license for six months after his plea. He is not allowed to drive at all through midnight on June 10.
For the next five months, he will have a restricted license allowing him to drive to and from work, during work, and to and from medical treatment.
He will also be required to pay a driver responsibility fee to get his license back.
Gensch was also originally charged with a felony, but new Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert dropped that charge, as well as another misdemeanor charge, saying the investigation at the scene did not produce the needed evidence. With the felony charge 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.
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