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Battle Creek Police officer sentenced for drunk driving


BATTLE CREEK (WKZ0) -- Its been a long strange trip to justice for a Battle Creek Police Officer who very nearly got away with drunk driving. 

Officer William Gensch has been fined over a thousand dollars, his license suspended for a month and restricted for 5 more months.

Last year, Gensch and his then girlfriend and fellow officer, Jennifer Appl were found in the wreck of her car after it had been seen going at a high rate of speed, mowing down mail boxes and stop signs in Bedford Township.

Instead of handling it like a normal case, their Lieutenant just drove them home, despite preliminary breath tests showing they were 3 and 4 times over the legal limit. He was demoted for dereliction of duty.

After complaints of a cover up from the community, Gensch was finally charged and pled no contest to misdemeanor driving under the influence. He will be on probation with the department for three years.

Appl was not charged last year, but has since resigned from the force after showing up for work drunk in early April.