What happens when a police officer pulls over another police officer for drinking and driving?
Today, we will be examining a DUI related case about a police cover-up that took place in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Last summer, officers William Gensch, a 15-year veteran and Jennifer Appl were off duty enjoying some time off. An officer first noticed the off-duty police when when Appl’s car had been parked halfway in the street.
Sometime later, Gensch got behind the wheel with Appl in the front seat and started driving around. A third person that had been with the off-duty officers approached that first officer and made known his concerns about Gensch being too intoxicated to be able to drive.
While the officer was pursuing the two, calls started to come into 911 stating that Gensch had been driving up to speeds of 100 mph and other drivers were getting forced off the road.
Officer Todd Madsen caught up with the off duty police and arranged for them to be given a write up instead of making the arrest. Gensch had a blood alcohol level of .285 and Appl .0369.
The Michigan State Police were called in and the investigation began. According to the Examiner.com, Office Gensch was suspended without pay for 20 days and then returned to work at the Battle Creek City Police Department. Officer Appl received no disciplinary action. Lt. Madsen was demoted to sergeant and has no chance of being promoted at the department again.”
Officer Gensch faced assault, resisting a police officer, driving while intoxicated and failure to report an accident of fixtures. While awaiting the trial, Gensch remained on the force and continued to work as a police officer. In April 2013, he entered a no-contest plea in a deal with prosecutors according to WKZS. Finally in May 2013, he was sentenced to pay more than $1,000 in fines and court costs for a drunken driving crash as reported by Fox 17.
Driving under the influence is a serious charge whether you are a police officer or a Michigan resident. The details of this case indicate that even though one may be an authoritative figure, a competent and experienced criminal defense attorney with a proven record of defending clients is crucial. If you know someone who is facing a DUI or OWI charge, please have them contact David J. Kramer, Esq. with The David J. Kramer Law Firm, PLLC by calling: 248-348-7400 or 586-530-1000.
What are your thoughts about this case? Do you think that people in authority should be held to a higher set of standards than citizens?