Fruitport man gets jail time for driving under influence of heroin

Becky Vargo • Jul 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM

A Fruitport man said a long-term problem with his back led him into a situation where “opiates took control.”

During his sentencing Monday for a third-offense charge of operating under the influence, David Weippert, 48, told Judge Karen Miedema that he was going to counseling, receiving treatments for his drug problem and starting physical therapy for his back.

Weippert’s attorney said his client has improved and “is more sober” since the February incident in Crockery Township.

At a plea hearing on June 11, Weippert admitted to the judge that he had consumed heroin before driving his car on I-96 on Feb. 10. When police tried to stop him on the freeway, Weippert said it was 5 or 6 miles before he stopped, even though police had activated their patrol car’s overhead lights and eventually the siren.

“I didn’t pull over in a timely manner,” Weippert said at the plea hearing.

On Monday, Miedema sentenced Weippert to 60 days in jail, with credit for three days previously served. The judge said the longer sentence is because of the fleeing and eluding and the 6-mile chase.

Work release was approved, if Weippert meets qualifications for that as set by the jail, Miedema said. 

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