Man to stand trial in Alpine Township crash that killed Mecosta County teen

A Grand Rapids man will stand trial for a deadly alcohol-related crash in Alpine Township that killed a high school student.

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, MICH. - A motorist police say was drunk when he ran a stop sign in Alpine Township, causing an accident that killed a Mecosta County teen, has been ordered to stand trial for intoxicated driving causing death.

Ted Allen Vandenbrink, 39, appeared in 63rd District Court Monday, Nov. 28, where he waived a probable cause hearing on the felony charge, sending the case to trial in Kent County Circuit Court.

Vandenbrink, of Coopersville, has a chauffer’s license and worked for a Grand Rapids area trucking company, court records show.

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.

Vandenbrink remains in the Kent County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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