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Leelanau Corrections Officer Arrested for OWI

November 15, 2013
Leelanau Corrections Officer Arrested for OWI

A Leelanau County Sheriff's Office corrections officer was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated with a High Blood Alcohol Content Wednesday night. The 40 year-old man reported to work at 8:00 pm and a supervisor smelled alcohol on his breath. He was immediately taken to an interview room and law enforcement offiers were summoned.

The employee admitted to driving to work from Traverse City after drinking earlier in the day. After showing signs of intoxication and failing field sobriety tasks, the employee was placed under arrest; his Blood Alcohol test results were .24% and .25%.

He is being held in the Leelanau County jail until bond is set and he has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an agency investigation. He has worked as a corrections officer in Leelanau County for 9 years. His name is being withheld until District Court arraignment Friday.


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Wendy on November 27, 2013 9:54pm

Jeff is a decent man with an obvious indecent problem

Everyone makes mistakes...it is an individual choice to learn from them. I wish /pray he and his family health and happiness.

Jon on November 16, 2013 4:21am

tvc--I agree...he's a good man and TC could use someone like that...that's not to say that Mr. Bensley should be slighted in the least. I guess I was just remembering how it was when fewins was the sheriff. Lets just hope we don't get Leelanau's undersheriff with it! Did anyone see him on last nights news all sad and complacent about how "we officers are held to a higher standard"...? HE is the one who stood behind joe sofferdine and ALL his illegal activity! What a joke he is!

tvc east side on November 15, 2013 9:20am

LH is correct. Nothing is being hid. Pretty standard practice and you have a great Sheriff for Leelanau County. I wish we could steal him for GT County.

LH on November 15, 2013 8:31am

Sorry, Erik, but have to agree with the Ticker. It is typical that names are not released until the suspect has been arraigned which is clearly stated to be Friday in the article.

JON on November 15, 2013 7:39am

About time there was some address of these issues!
Just glad my kids were not on the road when he was driving up M-22..at 3 times the b.o.c. limit!!!
Kudo's to the Leelanau dept. for doing thier job!
Now, about that ZERO TOLERENCE POLICY....does that include ANY AND ALL law enforcement officers?????
The public has a right to know and to be protected FROM ALL those who chose to drive intoxicated!!!

Erik on November 15, 2013 7:29am

I do not see why they are withholding the officers name. Here in Leelanau county the Leelanau enterprise and the sherifs department do a very thorough job at making the names of any and every offender very publicly known. I do not see why this person warrants special treatment.

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