Holland man testifies he kicked state police car, cracking windshield.

October 1, 2019

Elias Spence

Holland man testifies he kicked state police car, cracking windshield.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 25-year-old Holland, Michigan man pleaded “no contest” Tuesday, Oct. 1, in 51st Circuit Court to charges of malicious destruction of a police car, resisting and obstructing police and operating while intoxicated.

Elias Blair Spence, of 1180 Matt Urban Dr., faced two other resisting/obstructing charges and a charge of operating with a high blood alcohol content (BAC), which were dismissed when he pleaded to the other three charges.

Spence testified that he kicked the windshield of a Michigan State Police cruiser, cracking it.

Spence faces serving two months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term, along with probation, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. He will also be ordered to undergo an alcohol assessment and will receive driver’s license sanctions.

Spence’s attorney Douglas Stevenson said his client brought $759 to court to pay the restitution for the damage he did to the police car.

‘Mr. Spence was extremely intoxicated,” Stevenson said. His BAC was .191.

Spence was pulled over by a state trooper after receiving a reckless driving complaint, May 25, on US 10 in Custer Township, said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski.

After being taken to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital for a blood draw, Spence resisted officers, and they had to handcuff his arm to the bed, the judge said.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 5 at 1:45 p.m.

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