Efforts to 'better herself' don't keep GH woman out of jail

Becky Vargo • Oct 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM

A 26-year-old Grand Haven woman said, “I’m not a lost cause,” but her efforts to “better herself” didn’t make a big enough impression on the judge in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Jordan Renee Regelin was ordered to serve 60 days in jail for a third drunken driving conviction when she was sentenced Monday. Work release was allowed.

Regelin apologized to the court and to the people of the county for putting them in potential danger.

Her attorney, Dawn Goodwin, pointed out that Regelin had been wearing her electronic monitoring device and had not gotten into trouble since her May 27 arrest. She was also participating in counseling and Alcoholics Anonymous.

“The court considers the rapidness in which you obtained those convictions,” Judge Karen Miedema said, taking note of former drunken driving convictions in 2014 and 2016.

Miedema also noted that Regelin’s blood alcohol level for the May 27 incident in Grand Haven was 0.211. Any alcohol level over 0.08 is considered illegal in Michigan.

Regelin has also participated in a couple of treatment programs prior to her last arrest, Miedema said.

The judge also ordered Regelin to complete 60 days of community service, participate in Ottawa County Recovery Court and serve two years probation. Her vehicle was ordered immobolized. Regelin was given credit for two days already served in jail.

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