Man who allegedly struck skateboarder in hit-and-run was on probation for third-offense OWI

September 14, 2015
Patrick George with his attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz.

Patrick George with his attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz.

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — The 26-year-old Shelby man who was arrested last month for his involvement in a hit-and-run crash on Hayes Road in Shelby Township, July 24, appeared for a probation violation hearing Monday, Sept. 14, in 27th Court for a third-offense drunk driving conviction.

Patrick Fay George, 64 S. Michigan Ave., Apt. 104, Shelby, has been charged with three felony counts in connection to the crash, and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Abigail Delight Dutton of Shelby, was arrested and charged with harboring a fugitive.

Skateboarder Mitchell Gray Mather, 17, received up to five fractures to his leg when he was struck by a 1997 silver four-door Ford Taurus on West Hayes Road near 72nd Avenue at 10:22 p.m., July 24. He underwent reconstructive surgery at Hackley Campus Mercy Health Muskegon as a result of the injuries.

George reportedly fled the scene and was on the lam for approximately a month until his arrest.

George’s charges resulting from the crash include driving a vehicle while license suspended, revoked or denied, causing serious injury, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or $1,000-$5,000 in fines and vehicle forfeiture; failure to stop at a scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or $5,000. He was also charged with being a habitual offender, second offense, which could extend a sentence up to seven and a half years in prison.

George remains lodged in the Oceana County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

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