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Battle Creek Police Officer Pleads No Contest To Drunken Driving

Posted at 6:01 PM, Apr 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-25 09:20:01-04

MARSHALL, Mich. — A Battle Creek Police Department officer Tuesday pleaded no contest to drunken driving.

William Gensch, 37, entered the plea in 10th District Court in Marshall to one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of liquor. A pre-sentence investigation then was conducted and he will be sentenced at a time and date that have not yet been decided.

On July 31, 2012, Gensch was allegedly driving about 100  miles per hour when he lost control of his car, striking 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.

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.

Gilbert reissued the single charge of driving while intoxicated.