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Sheriff fires sergeant for releasing man

May 27, 2015
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Authorities say a jail sergeant has been fired after the early release of an Ottawa County corrections officer who was booked into a county jail.

The Muskegon County sheriff says 42-year-old Dennis Smith, accused of drunken driving, was booked into the Muskegon County Jail in the early morning of May 1 and was driven home by a deputy a short time later.

Smith reportedly pled not guilty May 13 to operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 or higher.

Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler says Smith was let go by the fired sergeant before his blood-alcohol content dipped below the legal driving limit of 0.08, giving the appearance of special treatment and in apparent violation of several policies.

Police union official David Willis tells WOOD TV that it has filed a grievance on the sergeant's behalf.

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