A day after prosecutors dropped a related DUI charge, court records show Fairview Heights Police Sgt. James Krummrich on Friday morning pleaded guilty to improper merging into traffic.
Krummrich, 47, of Fairview Heights, paid a $100 fine and was sentenced to 30 days of court supervision, records state.
Krummrich will not face disciplinary action in connection with the traffic ticket, Fairview Heights Police Chief Nick Gailius has said. The sergeant returned to full duty last week.
Belleville Police arrested Krummrich on St. Patrick's Day after he was involved in a two-vehicle accident in the 900 block of North Illinois Street. No one was seriously injured in the crash.
The driver of the other car, through her family, and her attorney, Jay Dowling, have declined to comment on the case.
The state's attorney's office dismissed the DUI charge, in part, in response to Associate Judge Brian Babka's ruling following a May hearing where Krummrich's attorney, Gregory Skinner, contested his driver's license suspension for allegedly refusing to undergo chemical testing.
Babka stated there was no evidence Krummrich was intoxicated at the time of his arrest. Therefore, police did not have reasonable grounds, according to Babka.
Babka sided with an account provided by Collinsville police Sgt. Charles Mackin, who was with Krummrich and also off-duty at the time. Mackin testified that Krummrich wasn't drunk and never saw police ask him to take a sobriety test.
Belleville police said Krummrich smelled of alcohol, showed signs of intoxication and admitted to having a few drinks. They claimed he refused to take a field sobriety test at the scene and a breath test at the station.
But Babka questioned several aspects of their case, among them that one officer stated on a report Krummrich was "fit to drive" even though he was arrested for DUI and another officer failing to put in his report that Krummrich was offered a field sobriety test.
Contact reporter Kevin Bersett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-2535. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/KevinBersett