Father’s Blood Alcohol Content Triple the Legal Limit During Crash with Kids
WEST OLIVE, Mich. – A Holland man was drunk by over three times the legal limit when he crashed an SUV with his children inside at the on-ramp to I-196 in Zeeland Township last month, according to court documents.
Thirty-one-year-old Stephan Mattias was also driving on a suspended license during the March 29th rollover crash in which the GMC Envoy went off the on-ramp to westbound I-196 from the I-196 Business Loop.
On April 8th, Michigan Department of Human Services named Mattias and his wife, Jessica as defendants in a petition submitted to the family division of the Ottawa County Circuit Court as DHS sought to ‘take jurisdiction over the children’ and have them removed from ‘the abuser’.
The petition stated, “On 03/29/2014, Stephan and the three children were involved in a car accident. Stephen was ejected from the vehicle. (Minor child) received a broken ankle, (minor child) is being treated for a possible neck injury and (minor child) had no injuries. When Stephen’s blood alcohol level was tested, the result was a 0.243.”
The legal limit for BAC is 0.08. If a person’s BAC is 0.17 or higher, they could be charged under Michigan’s ‘Super Drunk’ law which may increase the penalties for a crime.
“Jessica Mattias reports that her husband has a history of alcoholism and that she allows him to drink when she is home. Stephen Mattias is currently on probation for driving under the influence causing property damage and assault of a police officer, firefighter or EMT,” stated the petition.
Two days later, the petition was authorized, according to records obtained from the Ottawa County court. A bench trial was set for June 10, 2014.
As far as as any possible criminal charges, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department told FOX 17 News it is waiting for toxicology results to return to find out what was in Mattias’ system the evening of the crash. Toxicology results usually take between six and eight weeks to be returned.
According Michigan Secretary of State records, Mattias had a suspended license at the time of the crash. The suspension began last November. Last August, records show he was driving without proof of insurance. Most of his violations, however, stem from incidents in Lee County, Florida which began in 2009. Besides a couple of speeding tickets in 2009, he was cited for operating while intoxicated in the Ft. Myers area in September 2010.
FOX 17 News also obtained the police report from the Lee County Sheriff’s Department regarding the September 2010 incident. It states, “On February 24, 2010 at 2:24 a.m. the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle crash near the intersection of Daniels Parkway and Chamberlin Drive in Lee County, Florida. Deputies responded and spoke with a witness who reported seeing two Hispanic males, one of whom was the driver, walk away from the vehicle and into a wooded area. Due to the severity of the crash it appeared likely that anyone in the vehicle would have been severely injured.”
The report goes on to say, “Canine handler Deputy Michael Hollow responded and began a track with his partner, “Maverick”. Deputy Hollow made repeated announcements identifying himself as ‘Lee County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit’.”
“As ‘Maverick’ led deputies through a marshy area that was approximately waist-deep water, a subject that was previously submerged in the water stood up directly in front of the canine. He then grabbed ‘Maverick’ and pulled him under the water. As Deputy Hollow tried to assist his partner, he continued to tell the subject to quit fighting. The sergeant observed the same person grab Deputy Hollow and pull him under the water as well. As a result of his own violent actions, the subject was bitten by ‘Maverick’ several times on his right arm,” said the report.
As Mattias was being arrested, the police report states, “Mattias continued to refuse to walk, kept falling to the ground, and otherwise resisted deputies (sic) efforts to walk him out of the woods.”
A check on the Michigan Department of Corrections website shows Mattias’ status as a probationer until October 2015. Under the terms of his probation, he is mandated by the following: no violations of criminal law, not leave state without permission, monthly reporting and notify of change of residence.