2018-01-10 / News

Trooper charged in drunk driving crash

BY ERIC LEVINE
810-452-2689 • elevine@mihomepaper.com


Cody Gueldenzopf Cody Gueldenzopf A Michigan State Trooper faces a drunk driving charge for an accident that occurred Thanksgiving Day.

Cody Gueldenzoph, 25, of Saginaw was arraigned Dec. 22 in Sanilac County District Court.

Gueldenzoph, who graduated trooper recruit school in December 2016 is charged with operating while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled Jan. 29. Gueldenzoph is free on $1,000 personal bond.

The trooper was assigned to the Flint Post upon graduation from recruit school. In a state police press release at the time, Gueldenzoph’s hometown was listed as Sandusky.

The one vehicle accident occurred in a field, a quarter mile west of Germania Road north of Cass City Road in Greenleaf Township.

According to the Sanilac County Sheriff’s Department, a hunter called Sanilac Central Dispatch Thursday, Nov. 23 at approximately 7:55 a.m. to report the accident.

Deputies who responded to the scene reported the off-duty officer drove a 2010 Cadillac a half mile across a field and struck a tree.

The hunter who called in the crash was approximately a hundred yards from where the vehicle hit the tree, deputies said.

Gueldenzoph was transported by ambulance to Hills and Dales Hospital in Cass City for treatment of injuries.

He was arrested and transported to the Sanilac County Jail where he was later released on bail.

The public information officer for the Michigan State Police Third District, Lt. David Kaiser, would not comment on the criminal case, which is being handled by the sheriff department.

However, Kaiser said once the criminal case is concluded, “whether he’s found responsible or not, the state police have a professional standards unit that will conduct its own investigation and will determine if he has violated any officer orders.”

If there were violations of conduct, the trooper would be disciplined “accordingly, which could be up to and including termination of employment,” Kaiser said.

He added, “It’s very embarrassing. We just want to be transparent.”

Gueldenzoph is currently off duty because of injuries from the crash, Kaiser said.

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