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Driver pleads not guilty in bus accident


James Zeits

The man that drove into a Cedar Springs Public School bus last week pled not guilty to charges of operating while intoxicated and driving on a suspended license.

According to Cedar Springs Police Roger Parent, James Robert Zeits, 48, of Cedar Springs, was making a right turn off N. Main Street on to 18 Mile Road in his pickup truck last Wednesday, May 2, and ran into a Cedar Springs School bus that was waiting at the stop sign on 18 Mile to turn left on to N. Main. The pickup truck struck the bus near the rear tire on the driver’s side. No one was injured in the accident.

Zeits was arrested for drinking and driving, and was arraigned on Thursday, May 8. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety bond on the OWI offense, and at $5,000 on the driving while license was suspended charge. He was still in custody Wednesday.

A pretrial date was set for May 15 at 11 a.m., and a jury selection for July 19, at 8:15 a.m.

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