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Former Fruitport Township fire captain got jail, probation for felony drunken driving
By John S. Hausman
The Muskegon Chronicle
March 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM
Updated March 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM
MUSKEGON, MI -- Gerald Paul Thoma, a former Fruitport Township fire captain, has served a jail sentence and is serving a long probation term for felony drunken driving involving a videotaped motorcycle accident that seriously injured him.
According to court records, Muskegon County 60th District Judge Andrew Wierengo III last month sentenced Thoma, 49, of Fruitport Township, to jail for 30 days, with credit for 30 days already served. Thoma also was placed on probation for three years, ordered to wear a SCRAM alcohol monitor for 45 days and ordered to pay $948 in fines and costs, according to court records.
Thoma pleaded no contest earlier to third-offense driving while intoxicated, a felony. Most felony cases go to circuit court for plea or trial, but Thoma was referred to Wierengo’s Sobriety Court.
Thoma was arraigned Oct. 2, 2012. The longtime fire captain submitted his resignation after he was charged with a crime.
According to earlier reports, toxicology test results indicated he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent when the accident happened at 11 p.m. July 20, 2012, in the parking lot of Office Max in the 1700 block of East Sherman Boulevard in the city of Muskegon, authorities said. The blood-alcohol limit for driving a motor vehicle in Michigan is 0.08 percent.
Thoma struck a concrete parking block while attempting the stunt, police said. A video of the accident was released to the media by the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office.
Thoma suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized for several weeks after the crash.