Kenosha police officer sentenced, pleads guilty to OWI causing injury
A Kenosha police officer could lose his job for injuring someone while driving drunk.
Gregory Munnelly plead guilty for operating while intoxicated causing injury, Wednesday at the Milkwaukee County Courthouse,
In November of 2017, officers were called to Ryan Road and S. Howell in Oak Creek after Munnelly rear ended another car. The other driver suffered a concussion, according to the prosecutor. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage.
According to the criminal complaint, Munnelly was confused about the direction he was heading and had bloodshot glassy eyes.
He expressed his remorse and apologized in court.
Munnelly was sentenced to 40 days in jail, with work release. His license was suspended for one year.
As for this job, the Kenosha police chief is recommending he be terminated.
His attorney, Leah Thomas released this statement:
"Mr. Munnelly wishes to express his sincere apology to the other driver involved in the accident, and to the communities of Oak Creek and Kenosha for his poor decision to drink and drive. He accepted full responsibility for his actions in court in an attempt to address this situation, and he hopes that it will not overshadow his 19 years of good service as a law enforcement officer."
Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis gave the following statement to CBS 58:
"On January 2, 2019, Sergeant Gregory Munnelly was placed on Administrative Leave. I will be preparing charges for submission to the Kenosha Police and Fire Commission. Sergeant Munnelly’s off-duty incident is not acceptable or reflective of our standards, and is in no way condoned. Based on his conduct and the conviction, I will be seeking termination of his employment with the Kenosha Police Department.
Sergeant Munnelly’s employment is a personnel matter over which the Police and Fire Commission has authority. Until the charges are filed with them, I will not have additional comments."