A New Jersey State police officer was dispatched to Indiana in 2019 to represent state law enforcement at the funeral of an Indiana State Trooper, but he never made it to the service. Instead, Michael Kulik, of Livingston, found himself pulled over around 1:00 a.m., hours before the funeral. West Lafayette, Indiana, police officers noticed that the civilian vehicle he was driving was behaving erratically, and after determining that Kulik was likely drunk, he was arrested. His blood alcohol content was recorded as 0.19%.
Kulik pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated in a Tippecanoe County, Indiana court and has now been sentenced to nearly a full year of unsupervised probation. He was originally sentenced to 365 days at the Indiana Department of Corrections for the Class A misdemeanor, but the judge suspended that sentence.
Ultimately, the conviction will be forwarded to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, where determinations will be made about license suspension and other penalties. It is unclear whether Kulik continues to be employed by the New Jersey State Police.
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