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Greg Munnelly

Greg

Munnelly

A former Kenosha Police sergeant who served the past 40 days in jail for driving drunk and causing injury was officially terminated on Tuesday by the Police and Fire Commission.

Greg Munnelly, a 19-year law enforcement veteran, was fired for failing to produce a valid driver’s license before a Jan. 30 deadline.

The commission’s decision was based on the recommendation from Kenosha Police Chief Dan Miskinis.

Munnelly pleaded guilty in a Milwaukee County courtroom on Jan. 2 to operating while intoxicated and causing injury for a Nov. 6, 2017, crash in Oak Creek.

According to court records, Munnelly had a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit.

At his Jan. 2 plea and sentencing hearing, Munnelly was ordered to serve 40 days in jail in addition to losing his driver’s license for one year.

Miskinis declined to comment about Munnelly on Tuesday. He previously issued a formal statement after Munnelly’s sentencing.

“Sgt. Munnelly’s off-duty incident is not acceptable or reflective of our standards, and it is in no way condoned,” Miskinis said. “Based on his conduct and conviction, I will be seeking termination of his employment with the Kenosha Police Department.”

Munnelly joined the Kenosha Police Department in March 2009 and was promoted to sergeant in 2017. Prior to being hired in Kenosha, he worked as a police officer in Brookfield.

On Jan. 16, a Kenosha Police inspector informed Munnelly he was required to produce a valid driver’s license, a requirement for employment through the department.

Munnelly previously asked for, and was granted, an extension to show proper documentation.

On Feb. 1, Munnelly was informed of his termination. He will receive payment for any unused work time.

After his sentencing, Munnelly issued a written apology through his attorney, Leah Thomas.

“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,” the statement said.

“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.”

According to the criminal complaint, the crash was reported just before midnight on Nov. 6, 2017, at the intersection of Ryan Road and Howell Avenue in Oak Creek.

Munnelly was driving a Honda CR-V that crashed into the rear of a vehicle stopped at a red light at the intersection.

The complaint states that Munnelly admitted driving the CR-V, and the responding officer said Munnelly had bloodshot, glassy eyes and a faint odor of alcohol. He reportedly admitted to drinking before the crash.

Munnelly refused to perform a field sobriety test, the complaint states, and was taken to a hospital where his blood was drawn. His blood-alcohol content was 0.198 percent, according to complaint.

The driver of the other vehicle had injuries to his lower back and knees and was out of work for about two months, the complaint says.

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