Man charged for assaulting mother holding child

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Adam Peter Mears, 29, explained that he wanted to consult a lawyer before having the case against him go any further.

Mears was charged with two counts of domestic violence, plus charges of failing to stop at a property damage crash and operating a motor vehicle with a high blood-alcohol content.

The first three charges are misdemeanors and carry penalties of up to 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine, said Judge Richard Kloote. The drunk driving charge carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail.

The charges are the result of an incident at the man’s home in the 13000 block of 128th Avenue on Wednesday evening.

Police said Mears was intoxicated when he arrived home at about 6:30 p.m. He then got into an argument with his mother, according to Sgt. Brian Buter of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. The argument escalated to the point that the man shoved his mother to the floor while she was holding her 1½-year-old grandchild.

A second assault occurred while the woman was reporting the first attack to her husband. Mears shoved her to the floor again while she was still holding the child, Buter said.

During the second assault, the child’s head ended up in the doorway and the door closed on the child’s head, Buter said.

Mears then fled the scene in his SUV, Buter said, but drove off the road and hit a tree at the intersection of 128th Avenue and Green Street.

Mears was able to get out of the damaged SUV on his own and tried to flee the scene, according to a neighbor. He was stopped and held by some bystanders until police arrived.

Kloote said he was told Mears’ blood-alcohol level was at 0.27 that evening. That is nearly three times Michigan's drunk driving limit of 0.08.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said the Breathalyzer test on Mears was conducted at the jail.

The judge set bond at $3,000 on the domestic violence charges and personal recognizance on the failure to stop charge. Bond was set at $4,000 on the drunk driving charge.

Mears can get out of jail if he pays 10 percent of the bond amount, or a total of $700.

A pre-trial conference has been set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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