High-speed chase yields jail term.

June 5, 2017

Jason Spears with his attorney, Timothy Hayes.

High-speed chase yields jail term.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 22-year-old Muskegon man was ordered to serve four months up front of a nine-month discretionary jail term in 27th Circuit Court Monday, June 5, for a conviction of fleeing and eluding police.

Jason Lee Spears of 3562 Algonquin Drive, testified last March that on September 23, 2016 he led police on a high-speed chase that lasted several miles, beginning in Greenwood Township and ending in Muskegon County. He testified that he was driving 80-100 mph.

Spears, who was smiling and giggling during his pretrial hearing March 13, did not impress Judge Robert D. Springstead, who took the bench for the first time in Oceana County that day. However, he held his composure Monday.

“My recollection of Mr. Spears was not a good one,” Springstead said.

Spears pleaded guilty to fleeing and eluding a police officer, and in exchange, a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and a second-offense habitual offender designation were dismissed.

The judge gave him credit for 11 days served in jail and also ordered two years of probation.

“Good luck, but I have a feeling I’m going to see you back for a probation violation,” the judge said. “I won’t be back,” Spears replied.

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