Charges Dropped Against Battle Creek Officer

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Charges have been dropped against a Battle Creek police officer who was involved in a high-speed crash while off duty.

On July 31, 2012, officer William Gensch, 37, was allegedly driving about 100 miles per hour, when he lost control of the car, striking tow mailboxes and two signs on West Michigan Avenue near Custer Drive in Bedford Township.

Battle Creek police reported that Gensch had a blood-alcohol level of .235 percent. The legal limit for drivers in Michigan is .08 percent.

After the incident, Gensch was issued a 20-day unpaid suspension.

Calhoun County Prosecutor, David Gilbert said on Wednesday that he had dismissed the felony charge against Gensch of resisting and obstructing police. He also dismissed a misdemeanor charge of failure to report an accident.

Gilbert is re-issuing a single charge of driving while intoxicated.

If convicted of drunk driving, Gensch faces a maximum of 93 days in jail.

Gensch is a 15-year veteran of the police department. If he is convicted of a felony, he would not be able to continue his work as a police officer.

The night of the incident, Gensch was driving his girlfriends car, Jennifer Appl, 27, who is also a police officer with the department. She was the passenger in the car that night and also off duty.

No one was injured in the crash.

The preliminary hearing for Gensch based on the original charges was scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11. However, because the original complaint was thrown out and a new one was issued, the hearing will likely be delayed.

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  • Steve

    They need to be held to a higher standard since they are police officers – sounds like a sweet plea deal to me. Enforce the laws as they would be enforced on the general public. Is there a super drunk law or something like that when they get this high of a bllod alcohol level?

  • JEFF

    It goes to show why people still live in a crappy city like Bottle Creek.Even the cops can't get out of town fast enough.They probably will give him a medal if he continues with this outstanding show of respect for his job.

  • Jeffery

    Sweet Plea Deal; just like April Barfoot, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Deputy, who's BAC was not made available and charges reduced to impaired driving after being found slumped over the wheel covered in her own puke

    • ConspiracyBeliever

      Why is Gensch's BAC made public but officials in Portage and/or Kalamazoo County not releasing Barfoot's BAC? Que the bloodhound scenting sounds sniffing out a coverup, I think most people will believe she was over the stupid new SuperDrunk provision and her Brother in Blue didn't charge it.

  • terry

    what in the world is going on the prosecuter said that it wasnt witnessed and reported correctly is so far from the truth if i get a ticket knowone has to see it i just pay the ticket i would like to think that all police arent like that but hard not to i am going to get ahold of my congressman about this mattea i encourage others to do the same

  • LawAbidingCitizen

    Wake up, people! Are we really that surprised this is happening. These are sad days. These men and women were hired to protect and serve. He could have killed someone! What message are we sending to the rest of the officers? The same message that we give to the criminals who time and time again get off with a slap on the hand! Hey, Battle Creek, if you want get away with what ever you want with no consequences, be a cop or a drug dealer. Makes me sick. They wonder why people have lost respect for them. Hello, abide by the same laws we civilians do. So the charges get dropped so he can still have his badge?!!! WTH David Gilbert? You are supposed to be the prosecutor not the defending attorney!

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