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Fiery crash results in arrest

*N-Truck drags motorcycle

The driver of this truck, Jeremy Gard, of Stanwood, allegedly hit a motorcycle, then continued driving with it wedged beneath the vehicle. His truck caught fire about a mile from the scene.

A pick up truck on fire early Tuesday morning, in Reynolds Township, turned out to be more than just a routine fire call.

Montcalm County Sheriff Deputies and the Howard City Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on Church Road just East of Amy School Road, about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, morning, April 7.

While extinguishing the fire, a motorcycle was discovered wedged underneath the pickup truck. While still at the fire scene, deputies were notified of a personal injury motorcycle crash at the intersection of M-82 and US-131.

A Michigan State Trooper responded to that scene, and found a male victim who appeared to have been the operator of a motorcycle, but no motorcycle was located at the scene.

It was determined that the pickup truck involved in the fire had earlier collided with the motorcycle at M-82 near US 131 and continued to drive, while dragging the motorcycle to the point where it stopped on Church Road and caught fire.

The motorcycle operator, a 58-year-old Howard City man, was taken by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The motorcycle driver’s condition is not known at this time.

Jeremy Gard

Jeremy Gard

The driver of the truck, Jeremy Gard, 43, of Stanwood, and his passenger, were not injured in the crash or subsequent fire.

Gard was arrested at the scene for suspicion of Operating While Intoxicated, Second Offense and was lodged at the Montcalm County Jail. He was arraigned later in the afternoon in Montcalm 64-B District Court on two felony charges: Operating While Intoxicated causing serious injury, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death. Both are 5-year felonies. Gard is being held at the Montcalm County Jail on a $10,000 cash/surety bond.

Montcalm County Deputies were assisted at the accident scene by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, Howard City Fire Department, and the Michigan State Police.



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