Stephenson doesn’t respond. Vansloten continues to ask if he is OK and how he got to the side. Stephenson responds in slurred, stuttered speech, saying, “You know who I am or not?”
“I don’t know who you are,” Vansloten said. He then asks Stephenson to step out of the vehicle.
“I’m the (expletive) Midland County sheriff,” Stephenson said. “I’m (expletive) good. I had a bad day. I don’t need EMS. I don’t need you.”
Garfield Township Police Chief Nelson “Jerry” Cannon was called to the scene.
In the video, following Stephenson saying he had four beers to drink, a field sobriety test is administered, and after blowing 0.23 percent blood alcohol level, Cannon says he has to take Stephenson to jail.
“Jesus Christ, I’m a sheriff,” Stephenson says. “I’m a constitutional (expletive) officer. You can’t take me to (expletive) jail; I’m a (expletive) sheriff.”
WJRT reported Stephenson was ultimately arrested and taken to the Kalkaska County Jail.
Stephenson pleaded guilty to one count of operating a motor vehicle while visibly impaired in court Dec. 13. WJRT reported he was placed on a year's probation and fined.
Body camera footage of Stephenson's arrest, which contains explicit language, can be seen on YouTube.