Driver receives jail term in bumper-ride case.

January 4, 2016
Beverly Bryant, at right, wth her attorney Julie Springstead Waltz during a court hearing last November.

Beverly Bryant, at right, wth her attorney Julie Springstead Waltz during a court hearing last November.

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — A 35-year-old Rothbury woman was ordered to serve three months forthwith of an 11-month discretionary jail sentence in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Jan. 4, for a felony conviction of driving while license suspended (DWLS) causing injury resulting from an accident last October involving a Rothbury woman who was injured after she fell from a moving vehicle while riding on the front bumper.

Beverly Renee Bryant, of 2362 W. Cleveland Rd., pleaded “no contest” to the charge last November, and one count of failure to stop at a serious injury accident was dismissed.

Bryant was arrested after fleeing the scene of the accident on Bartlett Road near Forrest Street in the village limits Oct. 2, according to the Hart post of the Michigan State Police.

Troopers arrived on scene and determined a 26-year-old Rothbury woman had fallen from a moving vehicle, while riding on the front bumper area of her friend’s vehicle, according to an MSP press release. The victim was transported by Oceana County EMS to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon.

“She regrets her actions and realizes she could have seriously injured (the victim), said Bryant’s attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz. “She is very thankful no serious injuries occurred.”

Bryant was also sentenced to two years probation; no alcohol or drugs; and no contact with victim. She received credit for eight days served in jail.

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