Kalamazoo Police Officer Off Leave After Drunk Driving Plea
A plea deal has been made by a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officer after he was accused of driving drunk.
MLive reports that 45-year-old Jeffery Crouse had been arrested last October after he crashed his car while off duty; he was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence, and also placed on paid leave by the KDPS.
Under a plea deal made Monday, Officer Crouse had those charges dropped and instead was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and ordered to pay a $375 fine.
The KDPS says that as of Tuesday Crouse is off of administrative leave, but he will still be required to undergo a disciplinary process.
This news comes a week after the Battle Creek Police Department identified the officer accused of crashing his car while drunk; on February 21, Officer Chad Francisco was arraigned on a charge of operating while intoxicated.
The city of Battle Creek says that Francisco was off duty when he allegedly crashed his personal vehicle into a utility pole in the city of Springfield. He was arrested, and the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is conducting the criminal investigation. Officer Francisco is on administrative leave.