SUSSEX — Former Fire Captain Thomas Gerstner, who was charged with drunken driving and driving with an expired license after he struck a parked car with a fire truck during the village's Memorial Day Parade in 2016, has been fined $456.50. 

Judge Michael Maxwell issued the fine during a sentencing hearing on Wednesday, July 12.

Maxwell amended the OWI charge to a reckless driving charge, which the court imposed the fine based on Gerstner's blood alcohol level at the time of the incident, which was 0.06 percent.  

"Under the circumstances, the state believes it would have difficulty meeting the proof on that OWI," said Deputy District Attorney Ted Szczupakiewicz. 

In Wisconsin, driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or greater is illegal. This was Gerstner's first OWI offense.

He originally pleaded not guilty to the charges in June 2016. 

The court also indicated the incident happened in a parking lot and did not cause property damage. 

The expired license charge was dismissed on a prosecutor's motion. 

Gerstner is enrolled in a Group Dynamics class that he will soon complete, according to Szczupakiewicz. Group Dynamics is a Wisconsin highway safety initiative aimed at assisting first-time OWI offenders in changing their impaired driving behavior.

Gerstner, 48, resigned from the Sussex Fire Department last year following his arrest after serving as a volunteer with the department for 19 years.

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