A Michigan cop who was so drunk that he couldn't remember ripping through a guard rail in his truck took a plea deal Tuesday for a lesser misdemeanor charge.
Bryan L. Stuck, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor DUI after the Oct. 26 crash, which sent him careening through a guard rail and into a couple's yard in Kalamazoo, according to Michigan Live. Stuck was cleared of a more serious misdemeanor that focused on his extremely high BAC.
Michigan Live reports:
The case against Stuck, who was represented by Kalamazoo attorney David Butler, stemmed from an Oct. 26 crash that was reported at about 2:40 a.m. on South 44th Street near East PQ Avenue in Climax. Stuck was taken from the scene to Bronson Methodist Hospital and a blood draw at the hospital showed his blood-alcohol content was .178 percent, more than double the legal limit for driving in Michigan of 0.08 percent.
A Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputy who responded to the crash reported that Stuck had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Stuck told the deputy he had been out celebrating his birthday prior to crashing his pickup truck.
At the time, Stuck said he couldn't remember how much he'd been drinking or where he was going at the time.
Nobody was injured in the wreck, but neighbors said Stuck was lucky to be alive after he went airborne into their property.
"My husband made the remark that someone's gone through the guardrail already," Geraldine Wolf told WWMT at the time. "Whoever was in that car was injured, because they hit hard."
A responding officer reported that Stuck was "super drunk" and "had no memory of where he had been drinking."
Stuck was put on paid leave in October by the Sturgis Police Department where he works, and was slapped with a two-week suspension in November. He was ordered to take part in mandatory counseling and signed a "last-chance" agreement with his department.
His charge is punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of $100 to $500.