Former prosecutor gets probation after alcohol-related crash

Associated Press

Kalamazoo, Mich. – A former prosecutor who said alcohol abuse had a “complete stranglehold” on him was placed on probation after pleading guilty to driving while visibly impaired when he was in office last spring.

John McDonough, who was the elected prosecutor in St. Joseph County in southwestern Michigan, was arrested in May after crashing his car into a fence near Three Rivers.

A breath test showed a blood-alcohol level just under the legal threshold of 0.08, the attorney general’s office said Friday.

“I have to be sober no matter what or I’m going to end up dead and there’d be too many things I’d give up doing that,” McDonough told a judge Thursday. “This disease had a complete stranglehold on my life.”

Judge Vincent Westra praised him for months of being sober after some early mistakes.

McDonough lost a bid for re-election in the August primary but finished his term.