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Man leads city police on pursuit

Jason Schoonmaker

Jason Schoonmaker

Officer Mandy Stahl’s last shift as a Cedar Springs Police officer turned out to be a pursuit of a drunk driver minutes before her shift ended Friday afternoon, November 7.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, supervisor of the Cedar Springs unit of the Kent County Sheriff Department, a call came in about a man doing “doughnuts” in his vehicle across from City Hall on Main Street. He had also reportedly struck several vehicles.

Kelley said Officer Mandy observed the vehicle and attempted to stop it on N. Main near Maple Street. The driver, later identified as 34-year-old Jason Schoonmaker of Cedar Springs, failed to stop and accelerated northbound. A short pursuit ensued with Schoonmaker stopping his vehicle on Northland near 19 Mile.

Schoonmaker refused to exit his vehicle, and other officers responded to the scene and removed him from the car.

One witness told the Post she followed the man while on the phone with dispatch. “Even after crashing several times, he just kept on going. Speeding through stop signs and right past some kids on the street playing soccer,” she reported.

Another witness said the man was driving although his airbag had deployed.

Schoonmaker was arraigned in 63rd District Court on charges of Operating While Intoxicated-3rd offense, a felony; fleeing and eluding a police officer, 3rd degree; malicious destruction of property (police); resisting and obstructing a police officer; and driving on a suspended license. His bond was set at $20,000 and he was still in custody at the Kent County Correctional Facility at press time.


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