Grand Haven Tribune: House crash cases moving through the courts

House crash cases moving through the courts

Becky Vargo • Jun 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM

A Fennville woman has pleaded not guilty to operating while impaired – a charge that resulted after she lost control of her vehicle and ran into a house on Beacon Boulevard in Grand Haven earlier this month.

In the meantime, the case for a Muskegon-area man with the same last name, who also crashed into a Grand Haven house, is moving toward trial in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

The two are not related, according to Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke. Sarah Jones was huffing prior to the incident.

Sarah Danielle Jones, 29, faces up to 93 days in jail if convicted of the misdemeanor, first-offense charge. She was arraigned June 20 in Ottawa County District Court in Grand Haven.

Police said Jones’ car was southbound on Beacon Boulevard on June 11 when she lost control of it and it went into the median.

There, the vehicle struck two light poles and a street sign before traveling across the northbound lanes and into the side of the house at 410 S. Beacon.

Jones suffered minor injuries, was treated at North Ottawa Community Hospital and then was taken to the Ottawa County Jail, police said.

A passenger in Jones’ car was not injured in the crash.

Jones was released from jail and then voluntarily appeared for her arraignment, according to the lawyer appointed to take her case.

Judge Craig Bunce set bond at $125 personal recognizance, and ordered the woman not to use or possess alcohol or controlled substances as a condition of being released on bond.

In the meantime, the case of another Jones involving a crash with a house in Grand Haven is still making its way through the court system.

Hank William Jones, 69, has been lodged in the Ottawa County Jail since a March 22 incident in which the Muskegon Heights man led police on a chase and crashed into a house at the corner of Griffin Street and Washington Avenue.

Hank Jones, who has a long criminal history, was charged with one count of drunken driving, third-offense notice, and third-degree fleeing and eluding police. He was arraigned on the those charges May 6.

He is awaiting trial. His next court hearing, a motion to suppress evidence, is scheduled for June 28 in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

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