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GH man pleads to charges in spring crash

Becky Vargo • Jun 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM

A 24-year-old Grand Haven man entered a no-contest plea Wednesday to charges stemming from a rollover crash in Robinson Township earlier this spring.

Robert Bosch faces up to a year in jail and a six-month suspension of his driver’s license when he is sentenced in Ottawa County District Court on a charge of possession of marijuana. He also faces up to 93 days in jail on a drunken driving charge.

Bosch’s attorney, Bob Zitta, said his client was pleading no contest because of possible civil liability. It is still treated as a guilty plea for sentencing purposes.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Bosch said he was attempting to do some “fishtailing” April 28 when he lost control of his 2005 GMC Avalanche pickup truck on North Cedar Drive, just east of the entrance to Riverside Park. Police said he was westbound from the dead end on the gravel road when the crash occurred.

The truck overturned and ejected Bosch’s passenger, Thomas VanderWall, 27, also a Robinson Township resident, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

VanderWall was critically injured in the crash, his mother told the Tribune for an earlier story. She said her son suffered a collapsed lung; tears in his lung, spleen and bronchial tube; two neck fractures; a cracked pelvic bone; smashed right hand; and a shattered cheekbone.

On Wednesday, Bosch said his friend was recovering at home and was doing well.

After the crash, Bosch was taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released to deputies for transport to the Ottawa County Jail. A blood test done at the hospital revealed a 0.095 blood alcohol level. A person is considered legally drunk at 0.08.

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