By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:29 am on Friday, October 14, 2011
Brice Hillard, 29, appeared in a wheelchair Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated third offense.
Hillard could receive up to five years in prison for the felony, but he likely will be sentenced to no more than six months in jail.
Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies observed Hillard on a motorcycle eastbound on Colby Road near Crystal traveling at a high rate of speed at about 12:17 a.m. July 19.
After deputies conducted a U-turn in an attempt to catch up with the motorcycle, they saw it accelerating rapidly and weaving erratically from lane to lane. As deputies attempted to make a traffic stop, they watched Hillard lose control and crash into a ditch near Waterview Way.
Hillard sustained injuries and was taken to Carson City Hospital by Montcalm County Emergency Services. AeroMed later airlifted him to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.
Hillard was wearing a helmet. He told Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger on Thursday that he had a blood alcohol content of .18.
He has two similar driving convictions on his record — one in 2001 and one in 2004.
The motorcycle accident was the third in just over a week in Montcalm County this summer.
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