BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - Michigan State Police met with the Calhoun County prosecutor Tuesday to follow up on a written request by the prosecutor's office to look into the apparent drunk-driving crash involving two off-duty Battle Creek police 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.
Two officers were 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.
The initial request for assistance from MSP was made in writing approximately three weeks ago by the Calhoun County Prosecutor's Office, according to MSP Lt. Chuck Christensen.
Christensen did not go into details about what the letter specifically said or if it questioned specific aspects of the Battle Creek Police Department's investigation.
Christensen told 24 Hour News 8 over the phone that MSP is currently assisting BCPD in a "small capacity."
He did not specify whether they were assisting in the investigation of the wreck itself or the investigation of BCPD's handling of the drunk-driving crash.
He said the Tuesday meeting with the prosecutor's office was to determine what, if any, further assistance is required by the BCPD from MSP regarding the investigation.
Christensen said he plans to follow up with the BCPD assistant chief Wednesday before any decision is made about whether MSP will become more actively involved in the investigation.
That follow-up meeting will determine what the next steps will be.
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