Kent County sergeant hurt in suspected DUI crash

Sgt. Peter Gerkin


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A sergeant with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department is under investigation and suspected of drunk driving before an early-January crash in which he was badly hurt.

The crash happened on Jan. 4 at 3 a.m. involving Sgt. Peter Gerkin, 44. The veteran sergeant was injured in the wreck and taken to a hospital.

Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess described the deputy’s injuries as “very serious.”

Gerkin has reportedly been in law enforcement in 1997. According to a biography published on the website for Secure Education Consultants, Gerkin is a leader and/or consultant with the organization.

“Pete was assigned to the Investigative Division as a detective where he served for 10 years [at the Kent County Sheriff’s Department]. He was selected for the Tactical Apprehension & Confrontation Team in 2002 that specializes in critical incident response, high-risk search warrant service, and VIP protection. Pete currently serves as a Road Patrol Supervisor and a team leader within the tactical unit. Pete holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice,” the biography states.

Kent County prosecutors have been advised of the investigation and confirm that officials are awaiting blood test results before submitting their investigation to the prosecutor’s office for review. No charges have been filed.

Hess said the crash involved only one vehicle with Gerkin as its sole occupant.

Blood test results could take several weeks to come back.

24 Hour News 8 will continue to follow the investigation.

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