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Man Arrested for Drinking and Driving With Four Year Old on Lap

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SEAN RICHARD BYLSMASIDNEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. –  34-year-old Sean Bylsma is facing charges for fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing, driving with a suspended license, transporting open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, and child endangerment after an incident Saturday night.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies say the Comstock Park man refused to stop when signaled after his 1994 Chevrolet Suburban was observed with heavy front end damage.

Deputies’ investigation revealed that the suspect had hit a tree with his vehicle while he was allowing his four-year old son to sit on his lap and drive unrestrained.

The Bylsma received a minor injury from the crash but the boy was not hurt and turned over to a relative.

A Montcalm County Deputy pursued the suspect after a short pursuit to his mother’s home on South Nevins Road in Sidney Township. At the home, the suspect refused to comply with the Deputy’s orders and a fight started, resulting in the Deputy having minor injuries.

The suspect was taken into custody and lodged at the Montcalm County Jail. Open intoxicants were found inside the vehicle, and the arresting deputy saw the suspect throw an alcoholic beverage from the vehicle prior to stopping. It is believed alcohol was the main contributing factor in this incident.

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  • beve11011

    His name is Sean Bylsma my former roommates son & he was just got off parole within the past couple of weeks for a 2nd stint in prison for drunk driving. He was locked up many times during his parole for drinking & fighting!This IDIOT has never had any regards for the law or rules. He thinks he's all that just because his Grandpa owns Grattan Raceway. He's more then an embarrassment to the family! Good thing he'll be locked up. His child may have not been physically harmed but what about emotionally. The child's mother was totally aware that Sean did not have a drivers license & also has a long ongoing drinking problem. Shame on her for allowing him to go with his father!

  • beve11011

    He just got off parole Feb 9th for 3rd offense drunk driving! He should have been thrown back in prison when he violated his parole on numerous occasions. Maybe his PO wasn't doing her job!

  • igetit

    He is obviously not a smart person and neither are you for saying you asked a 4 year old if he was okay and he said yes. A 4 year old cannot understand the intensity of the situation. Obviously this man has an alcohol problem and a very good rehab facility is where he belongs.

  • anonymous

    Not only does he have a serious drinking problem but he also does not pay his child support. Glad one of his kids is safe from his alcoholic idiot behavior.

  • igetit

    I find that the system is broken with alcoholics. They keep reoffending because no one gets them the help that they need. It is hard to earn a living when you cannot get through the day without a drink. They can keep putting these people in jail but they are not solving any problems. They need to get these people the help they need to live without the alcohol so they can hold jobs and be parents. From my expeirence the alcoholic is not usually stupid and lazy when they are not drunk. There is a reason that he keeps reoffending they just keep putting him in jail and expect him to behave differently when he gets out but have not provided him with the tools or solutions to his demonds. The other problem with the mental health system is that to get good rehab you have to be a millionaire. This man needs help before he kills someone or him self.

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