Gladstone State Police Post Commander Demoted After Drunk Driving

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Gladstone State Police Post Commander demoted after drunk drivingMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – An Upper Michigan State Police post commander who faced a drunk driving charge that was thrown out of court earlier this year has been demoted.

Reports say Lt. William Smith was demoted to Sergeant, transferred to the Lansing State Police Post and suspended for 15 days without pay following an internal investigation.

The case against Smith was dismissed by a Chippewa County judge in August following a hearing that disqualified results of a blood-alcohol test on a technicality.

Smith was arrested last July in Sault Ste. Marie for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated following a traffic accident involving his personal vehicle.  Following the arrest, Smith was suspended with pay.

He had been appointed commander of the Gladstone post in April.

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