29-year-old Bryan Stuck, the off-duty Sturgis police officer who was being investigated for drunk driving, is now officially facing criminal charges.
According to information gleaned from media sources, Stuck is facing an Operating while intoxicated (OWI) charge, along with additional OWI charges for being “super drunk”, which means that his blood alcohol content exceeded 0.17 at the time of the accident.
The accident in question took place in the early hours of a weekend morning, when Stuck had spent the evening at the bar celebrating his birthday. Surveillance footage shows him leaving the bar parking lot in his 2006 Dodge Ram minutes before an accident is reported less than a mile away.
Stuck apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed it through the guardrail, before flying into a copse of trees, where the truck landed on it’s side. Stuck was injured in the crash, but not incapacitated, as he was the one who ran to a nearby home and called for help. Stuck was treated for his injuries at a local hospital and released.
Initially, Sturgis Police Department Deputy Chief David Ives made a statement, saying that Stuck was not on leave or suspension as a result of the accident. But the very next day that changed, and it was announced that he was in fact now on paid administrative leave until the results of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation was made known. The Sturgis Police Department is also conducting its own investigation into the events.
But while the charges against Stuck have been authorized, the Sturgis Deputy Chief says that his department will not be making any comments regarding the charges for the time being. In addition, Geoff Smith, Sturgis’ Director of Public Safety says that he hasn’t received any official word on the charges yet from the Kalamazoo County authorities.
An arraignment is expected to take place in the early part of next week.