Driver enters plea in Alpine Township crash that killed Mecosta County teen

A Coopersville man today entered a no contest plea for an alcohol-involved crash last November that killed a teenager.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A Coopersville man has entered a no contest plea for an alcohol-involved crash last November that killed a teenaged girl in Kent County’s Alpine Township.

Ted Allen Vandenbrink, 40, appeared in Kent County Circuit Court Monday, April 10 on the felony charge. He entered a plea to operating under the influence causing death, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

He returns to court for sentencing on May 2. Vandenbrink is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Kent County deputies say the crash happened Nov. 13 when Vandenbrink, who was heading west on Six Mile Road NW, disregarded a stop sign, causing a three-vehicle crash. Megan Erin Cook, 17, of Morley, was a passenger in a van that was struck. She died at the scene.

Vandenbrink admitted to consuming one Bloody Mary and two 12-ounce cans of Busch Lite beer prior to the crash, court records show.

A breath test indicated that Vandenbrink had a blood alcohol level of .167 percent and he also “performed poorly’’ on field sobriety tests, court records show. A motorist is considered intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or above.

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