SANDUSKY, MI — A 25-year-old Michigan State Police trooper was charged with operating while intoxicated after he allegedly crashed his car into a tree while off-duty Thanksgiving morning.
Cody Gueldenzopf was arraigned on that misdemeanor charge Dec. 22, The Times Herald reports .
Gueldenzopf was taken into custody after a hunter reported a 2010 Cadillac had crashed into a tree about 100 yards away around 8 a.m. Nov. 23, Sanilac County Undersheriff Brad Roff previously said .
Investigators say Gueldenzopf drove about half a mile across a field before crashing into the tree, which was located about a quarter mile west of Germania Road north of Cass City Road.
After Gueldenzopf was treated for injuries, he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, Roff said.
Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said Gueldenzopf is currently on sick leave for an injury to the arm he suffered in the crash.
Once he is OK’d to return to work, he could be placed on administrative duty until the case has concluded, Kaiser said. That decision, he added, will be made by the police agency’s human resources department.
An internal investigation will follow the conclusion of the criminal case against Gueldenzopf, Kaiser said.
“Even if he’s found not guilty in a criminal prosecution, it doesn’t mean he won’t be disciplined,” Kaiser said. “We hold our troopers to high standards. If you violate that, it could result in discipline.”
Kaiser said possible disciplinary measures include an involuntary transfer to another post or firing.
Gueldenzopf, a Sandusky native, graduated recruit school on Dec. 22, 2016, and was assigned to the Michigan State Police Flint Post, according to a news release from the agency.
He was give a personal recognizance bond of $1,000, The Times Herald reports.