A Michigan State Police trooper based out of the Bridgeport post has been charged with felony drunken driving.
Authorities said Trooper John Beemer, 44, was involved in a two-car crash on Jan. 1, 2011, on Gratiot and Orr on the border of Thomas and Richland townships. At the time, several people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Now authorities have charged Beemer with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury, having a blood alcohol level of .17, which means the trooper was "super drunk," and operating while intoxicated, second offense.
Because of the "super drunk" charge, Beemer could face fines of up to $8,000 and alcohol treatment is mandatory. Any jail time Beemer could be sentenced to could be doubled, and driving is forbidden for 45 days. The penalties also include another first for Michigan: a requirement to install an in-car breathalyzer.
To resume driving after 45 days, first-time super-drunk offenders must buy an ignition interlock, which works by testing a driver's breath and allows the car to run only if the driver is sober.
The Saginaw County Sheriff's Department handled the investigation into the incident. The State Attorney General's office initially handled much of the case because the suspect involved is a state trooper and two of the victims in the January crash worked in corrections in Saginaw County.
Now the case has been handed over to the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office for the charges. Beemer has posted bond. Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as more updates to this story come into the newsroom.
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