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Former prosecutor gets night in jail after crash, cover-up

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Posted at 10:35 AM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 10:35:02-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A former assistant prosecutor in western Michigan has been sentenced to a night in jail for a 2016 crash that led to the firing of a police lieutenant and the suspension of two other officers accused of covering up the man's intoxication.

Josh Kuiper was also ordered Wednesday to serve more than a year of probation after a jury found him guilty of misdemeanor reckless driving. He apologized, saying it's "no fun when you're on the other end."

Kuiper resigned after the crash, which injured a man in a parked car.

Telephone recordings released last year revealed that a Grand Rapids police officer told then-Lt. Matthew Janiskee that Kuiper appeared intoxicated. Kuiper wasn't asked to take a Breathalyzer test and wasn't charged with drunken driving. Police gave him a ride home.