Kent County sergeant sentenced in drunk driving case

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–A Sergeant with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department pleaded guilty Friday morning to a charge of Operating While Intoxicated, following an accident in which his vehicle left the road and crashed earlier this month in Kent County.

Sergeant Peter Gerkin appeared in district court in Grand Rapids for a plea hearing. He was in a wheelchair, and his right leg was elevated. According to his attorney, Gerkin’s blood alcohol level was .24 at the time of the crash, three times the legal limit for driving.

That alcohol level qualified the case for prosecution under Michigan’s “Superdrunk” law.

Gerkin was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but the judge suspended the sentence, meaning Gerkin will not do any jail time.

He also received two years probation, and cannot drink alcohol during that time, as well as 100 hours of community service.

Following the hearing, Gerkin and his attorney declined to comment.

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7 comments

  • Jeff Mulder

    Too bad it’s not easy (or possible?) to know what percentage of those convicted under the “super drunk” law get no jail time and to know why he got no jail time. Per a quick search most first-time offenders do not get incarcerated, at least under the “normal” convictions. Also, the article doesn’t mention the mandatory one-year license suspension, mandatory use of the ignition “interlock” device and the mandatory one-year alcohol rehab treatment. He better have to pay all the same penalties as anyone else.

  • svede

    He wasn’t convicted under the super drunk law and it is almost always the case that a person with a clean record gets probation on first offense. The only one hurt was himself. Seems like Jesus has a lot of profiles on social media as they all want to throw the first stone being as pure as they are.

  • whitetrash

    Maybe his sister could take the classes with him. She can’t even hold down a job because of her ass is always drunk. Seen her in action. Not pretty.

  • gary

    face it the guy is a cop, a slap on the wrist and a big bad boy and he is back on the job, so how they handling that not allowed to carry firearms while on that pesky probation thing

  • idunno

    WOW cops can”t Do no WRONG????? If this doesn’t SCREAM CORRUPTION then ther is something Eternally and internally WRONG WITH YOU. You are in DENIAL and and YOUR WHOLE BEING STINKS.

  • idunno

    The whole flow of the story is filled with half trues and info, but might be passed. No mention of OPEN container previous oui’s PROSECUTERS BURY who they want to BURY.