Motorcycle trio sentenced after joy ride


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:44 pm on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jesse Ellsworth

Scott Ripley

Chad Simmons

STANTON — Three local motorcyclists were recently sentenced  after pleading guilty to traffic crimes.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Thomas attempted to make a traffic stop on Jesse Ellsworth, 37, of Crystal, Scott Ripley, 37, of Greenville, and Chad Simmons, 32, of Edmore, just before midnight May 18.

The three men were traveling westbound on Stanton Road from Waldron Road in Ferris Township, coming from a bar in Crystal. All three motorcyclists were allegedly traveling close to 100 mph and refused to stop, according to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell.

Simmons eventually stopped on Pine Grove Road south of Stanton Road and was taken into custody.

Ellsworth allegedly stopped quickly and almost got hit by a deputy’s vehicle, according to Russell. As soon as the vehicle passed, Ellsworth allegedly took off again. He was arrested at his home in Crystal.

Police obtained a warrant for Ripley and arrested him at his home in Greenville.

Deputies Kevin Germain, Mike LeVand, Charles Mahar and Steve Snyder assisted in the chase.

Ellsworth and Ripley were each charged with fleeing and eluding. Simmons was charged with operating under the influence. He was allegedly at almost twice the legal limit for alcohol, according to Russell.

Ellsworth pleaded guilty to reckless driving and speeding 75 in a 55 mile per hour zone. He was sentenced to fines.

Ripley pleaded guilty to careless driving and speeding 75 in a 55 mile per hour zone. He was sentenced to fines.

Simmons pleaded guilty to impaired driving. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail and probation.

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