Sheriff: Internal probe underway following quick release of alleged ‘super drunk’ deputy

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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that an internal investigation has been launched to investigate the circumstances surrounding the quick release of deputy Dennis Robert Smith after being arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

Smith was arrested May 1st by Muskegon police.  Court records show Smith faces one count of “operating with blood alcohol content of .17 or more.” A source close to the investigation said Dennis Robert Smith had a blood alcohol content of .22. That’s nearly three times the legal limit and fits Michigan’s new “super drunk” criteria, which can carry harsher penalties.

Before his blood-alcohol content dropped below the legal limit, Smith was released from the Muskegon County Jail.  The internal probe is looking into why that is and where certain department policies were broken.

Muskegon County Sheriff, Dean Roesler, confirmed that Smith was released on a $1,000 bond, after which he was driven home by a deputy that works part-time for Ottawa and Muskegon County Sheriff’s departments.

Smith remains on the job with Ottawa County Corrections.

Smith, 42, lives in Muskegon, according to court records. He’s an Ottawa County deputy who works in the jail there. Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson said Smith was driving near 9th and Muskegon Street on Friday. Police saw how he was driving and pulled him over.

If found guilty, he could get up to 6 months in jail along with a $700 fine and many other penalties.

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2 comments

  • sherlock

    Just another example of how are justice system is NOT blind. Depends who you are, who your parents are, how much $$$ you have, etc.

  • Warper

    Someone should keep tabs on him and see if he’s still driving to work after losing his driving privilege . That is, IF he loses it…Fines and other costs could top $8,000, some defense attorneys predict. Alcohol treatment is mandatory, possible jail time is doubled, and driving is forbidden for 45 days.