West Olive man sent to prison for drunken driving

Becky Vargo • Oct 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Ottawa County Circuit Judge Jon Hulsing said he was not going to take any risks with Timothy August Nichols when he sentenced the West Olive man for his eighth drunken driving conviction.

Nichols was sentenced to 2-5 years in prison, with credit for 15 days previously served in jail. He was not in jail at the time of his sentencing Monday morning.

Despite a promise by Nichols to place himself under house arrest, other than to go to medical appointments, the judge offered Nichols no mercy.

Hulsing noted that Nichols was convicted for drunken driving in 1979, 1980, 1981, two in 1983, and one each in 2001, 2010 and 2017.

“You drove recklessly in the Meijer parking lot (in Holland Township on May 29), placing citizens at risk,” Hulsing said of the latest incident.

The judge said he wasn’t going to give Nichols a chance to actually strike someone.

Hulsing said he was sorry that Nichols was dealing with health issues, but that the Michigan Department of Corrections has facilities to address his medical needs.

In his criminal history in Ottawa County, Nichols has also been charged with drug trafficking and assaultive behavior.

Nichols requested a different defense attorney, but was denied by the judge when he couldn’t provide a specific reason for the request. Christi Burda was Nichol’s defense counsel.

“I don’t believe she is acting on my behalf,” Nichols told the judge.

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