Battle Creek Cop Sentenced For Drunk Driving Crash

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Battle-Creek-police-cruiser-genericBATTLE CREEK, Mich. – A Battle Creek police officer on Wednesday was sentenced to pay more than $1,000 in fines and court costs for a drunk driving crash that occurred in July 2012.

Willaim Gensch was off-duty when prosecutors say he was driving mare than 100 miles per hour and lost control of the car. He then hit two 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.

Gensch entered a no contest plea in April to one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of liquor.

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

Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert then dismissed the felony charge against Gensch of resisting and obstructing police. He also dismissed a misdemeanor charge of failure to report an accident.

Gensch and his passenger, Jennifer Appl, also an off-duty Battle Creek cop, were not hurt in the incident.

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  • Anna Burrows

    That is crazy what kind of justice is this called anyway ? Protect our fellow officers or our citizens of our town and county …… What a joke our legal system is becoming anymore , put on a uniform of a policeman you can get away with anything in there town ……

  • Andy

    This man needs to be made an example of. I really hope the public id Battle Creek does something about this abomination. Both of the officers should be removed from the force (at the very least) and prosecuted in a different district. No justice for all.