Eden Twp. crash victim suffered extremities fractures, driver charged with OWI.

June 20, 2017


Eden Twp. crash victim suffered extremities fractures, driver charged. 


EDEN TOWNSHIP — Roy James Alltop, 46, 3745 132nd Ave., Hart, was arraigned earlier this week in Mason County’s 79th District Court on the misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, second offense. Alltop was arrested Saturday night by troopers from Michigan State Police Hart Post after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a ditch and trees at the corner of Eden Lake and Sippy roads. The crash caused his passenger, Blair Rochelle Collins, 27, of Hart, to be trapped inside the vehicle. Collins suffered fractured legs and ankles, according to MSP.

Alltop was driving a Ford Explorer pickup truck south on Eden Lake Road and apparently failed to turn east onto Sippy Road where Eden Lake Road ends. The pickup truck left the roadway, went into a ditch and collided with several trees. He initially told MSP troopers on scene that he wasn’t the driver and that the driver had fled the scene. Later, after presented with evidence to the contrary by troopers, he changed his story.

Firefighters/rescue personnel used a winch connected to the Custer Fire Department rescue vehicle to pull the truck away from the trees. Riverton Township Fire Department, Ludington Fire Department, Life EMS ambulance, and Mason County Sheriff’s Office personnel, also assisted on the scene.

Collins was transported by ambulance to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and then to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Alltop has an extensive criminal history:

  • On Feb. 13, 2017, he was found guilty in Oceana County’s 78th District Court for the misdemeanor of disturbing the peace and was sentenced to 90 days discretionary jail to ensure compliance with sentence; credit for time served; and $400 in fines and costs.
  • On Oct. 3, 2016, he was arrested by Michigan State Police for assault and battery.
  • On Aug. 23, 2016 he was arrested for misdemeanor OWI by a controlled substance by Oceana County Sheriff’s Office. On Sept. 19, 2016, he was found guilty for that charge and was sentenced to six days in jail; 93 days discretionary jail; outpatient treatment; six months probation;  and $1,680 in fines and costs. One count of second-offense operating while intoxicated was dismissed.
  • On July 20, 2015 he was found guilty of assault and battery in 78th District Court and was sentenced to 93 days discretionary jail; and $400 in fines and costs. One count of assault and battery was dismissed.

A pretrial in 79th District Court has been scheduled for July 24, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. Bail was set at $5,000/10%.

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