Trooper sentenced for impaired driving.

November 27, 2019

Trooper sentenced for impaired driving.

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HART – A 26-year-old Michigan State Police trooper was found guilty in 78th District Court and sentenced for impaired driving last week, according to court records.

Conner Ray Crutchfield of Pentwater remains employed at the Hart post, but is currently not on road patrol. He is handling administrative duties, said F/Lt. Jeff White, post commander.

The internal affairs review of the case is now underway, White said. “That doesn’t start until the criminal process is over.” White said he expects a determination within a week to 10 days.

Crutchfield was arrested by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office while off-duty, Oct. 6. He was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Wayne Road near the US 31 overpass. Deputies were called to the scene at 1:23 a.m. and found the driver of the vehicle failed to negotiate a corner, went off the road and struck several trees, said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast. The crash caused heavy damage to the Chevrolet Cruze he was driving.

“The driver was subsequently arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol,” Mast said. “He submitted to a blood draw at Mercy Health Partners Lakeshore Campus in Shelby and then was lodged in the Mecosta County Jail.”

Crutchfield was sentenced to 93 days suspended jail with credit for one day served; outpatient treatment; and $1,090 in fines and costs. His conviction is reportable to the Secretary of the State, according to his court file. His initial charge of operating while intoxicated was dismissed.

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