Holland man sentenced for kicking state police car, cracking windshield.

November 5, 2019

Elias Spence

Holland man sentenced for kicking state police car, cracking windshield.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 25-year-old Holland, Michigan man was sentenced to serve 30 days up front of a one-year discretionary jail term in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Nov. 5, for a conviction of malicious destruction of a police car.

Elias Blair Spence testified Oct. 1 that he kicked a Michigan State Police cruiser, cracking the windshield and pleaded “no contest” to the felony as well as a misdemeanor of operating while intoxicated.

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski also sentenced Spence to a concurrent term of 30 days up front of a 90-day discretionary jail term for the OWI conviction.

Spence 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 charges.

He was ordered to pay $759 in restitution for the damage to the police car.

“This obviously was not one of Mr. Spence’s best days,” said defense attorney Douglas Stevenson. “He had way too much drink.” 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 guidelines in the case are 0-17 months.

Spence was also sentenced to one and a half years probation. He received credit for two days served in jail.

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