Kent Co. sergeant pleads guilty to drunk driving charge

Sgt. Peter Gerkin

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Blood tests show a sergeant with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department was three times the legal drinking limit when he crashed his car earlier this month.

Sgt. Peter Gerkin, 44, arrived at court Friday morning in a wheelchair. He pleaded guilty to operating with a high blood alcohol content and as part of the plea agreement, a second count of operating a vehicle with an open intoxicant was dropped.

Kent Co. Sgt. Peter Gerkin appeared in court for his sentencing in a wheelchair. (Jan. 30, 2015)
(Kent Co. Sgt. Peter Gerkin appeared in court for his sentencing in a wheelchair. Jan. 30, 2015)

Gerkin’s blood tests at the hospital showed he had a .24 BAC when he crashed into a tree and was injured. No one else was hurt in the crash.

He was sentenced to two years probation, $1,000 fine and community service. A six month jail sentence was suspended as long as he keeps his record clean.

During his sentencing, Sgt. Gerkin took full responsibility for his actions and said he was thankful he was the only one that was injured. He also apologized to the community, his family, and the sheriff’s department.

Gerkin has been with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department for 18 years.

Prior to the sentencing, his attorney stressed Gerkin’s clean record as a deputy.

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