Inmates injured in Sheriff's van crash

At least three Ottawa County Jail inmates have been transported to the hospital with injuries following a crash in Spring Lake Village.
Becky Vargo
Mar 24, 2014

The crash occurred at about 2 p.m. near the intersection of Savidge and School streets.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department's work release van was involved and some of the inmates suffered minor injuries.

There did not appear to be any Spring Lake-Ferrysburg police presence at the scene, but Sgt. John Wolffis of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department said his department was policing the site because their own vehicle was involved. He said Spring Lake police have been informed.

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Where was Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police? Why is OCS taking the accident ? They should have MSP take it to make sure Ottawa County not at fault. I'm glad John Wollfis was there!!!


It would be very nice if "we" all could investigate our own accidents, just to make sure there is no doubt about what happened; I mean I would never lie like the other driver does. Oh Brother!


Oh great, guess what the taxpayers will be paying for now, lifelong benefits for these transported prisoners, once the taxpayers provided attorneys come on board and demand medical coverage and lifelong income for the prisoners. Oh I can see it now...gotta love the U.S.A.

Back to the Wall

Sheriff's breaking in the locals. Nothing to see here. Move along, civilian.


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Barry Soetoro

Missed it again. Libel and defamation? That's a new one. Nice work 16!

Tri-cities realist

Common sense would indicate that if a police department's vehicle was involved in an accident, another department would be responsible for the investigation, to avoid any questions of impropriety. But apparently Common Sense is not part of the acronym OCSD.

Back to the Wall

Ahhh, sweet common sense. But this is law enforcement, and a large department at that. They protect their own. The thin blue line shall not be crossed.
The larger the department, the deeper the graft. All issues with officers will be handled internally.

Buckle your seatbelts and get ready. There's a new sherriff in town.


Really... The thin blue line.. If this was a Michigan State Police vehicle... they would of investigated their own incidents. It all comes down to departmental policy. A simple accident of backing up is nothing huge here people... I'm hoping Sgt Wolffis is capable of investigating this simple accident. Who investigated Sgt Theunes accident????


The OCSD investigated Theune's accident per DeYoung's policy. But he's gone and there must be a new policy. SL/FB didn't even show up! The Village Manager manages the police department now. Could be why DeYoung resigned! Poor management now, but a taste of what SL and FB have coming for sure! We would think this is a simple accident, but did you see they all left on stretchers. There is no such thing as simple these days. Especially when when it is messed up right from the beginning with the wrong department investigating. It could have been simple but someone failed to send the right department to investigate and it went downhill from there.


Yep and he was shown at fault and the prosecutors office also reviewed the incident. Get over it... I'm sure this accident will go before the accident review board.


Yup, mutually at fault, lawyer wanna be. OCSD shouldn't investigate their own. It is improper and bad policy, OCSD has an accident review board? The Village does not and what would they review since they weren't there?

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