GRPS teacher on leave after deadly crash

9:40 PM, Nov 13, 2013   |    comments
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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids teacher is on paid leave, charged in connection with a deadly accident in Mecosta County.

Douglas Luke, 52, is charged with driving with a suspended license causing death.

Authorities say Luke was driving on U.S. 131 near Jefferson Road on October 14 when he veered off the highway. A passenger, Liisa Rush, 49, died in the crash.

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School officials tell WZZM 13 News Luke is a special education teacher at Ottawa Hills High School. They say he's been on paid leave since the accident happened.

This isn't Luke's first legal issue. In 2011, he jumped into the Grand River after running from an accident scene. He had been drinking and driving at the time.

Luke fought off firefighters as they tried to pull him from the river. He eventually plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges.

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