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BC officer pleads guilty to impaired driving
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Battle Creek police officer has made a guilty plea to a charge of impaired driving.
It was a story Newschannel 3 was the first to break when it happened.
Kevin Stansbery was pulled over by Portage Police back in August, when he was off-duty.
He was then arrested for a first-time OWI charge, and pleaded not guilty the next day.
On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to impaired driving--a lesser charge.
Stansbery admitted before a judge Tuesday that he had three or four beers before he was pulled over in Portage that night in late August.
A sobriety test on August 31st led to Stansbery's arrest by Portage Police, as the off-duty officer reportedly had trouble standing. Police also add that his breathalyzer read .15, nearly twice the legal limit.
Stansbery will now have to pay around $750 in fines, and a judge ordered him to counseling, but no probation.
Portage police say there was a 21-year-old woman riding with the officer when they pulled him over that night on Westnedge Avenue near Crossroads Mall.
She is not facing any charges.
Battle Creek Police Chief Jackie Hampton is standing behind Stansbery, as he told Newschannel 3 a few weeks ago that "Officer Stansbery has been an outstanding officer with the BCPD for the past 18 years."
Stansbery worked on the road and now in the crime lab.
After his arrest, Hampton said the department would do everything it could to get the officer the help he needs.
But the chief has not said whether or not the guilty plea would affect Stansbery's job.
Newschannel 3 was also told this week that the lesser charge would likely make it easier for Stansbery to drive on a restricted license.
If charged with OWI, he would have to wait at least 30 days.