LAPEER, MI – On Saturday April 2nd, 2016, at 1:34 AM, Lapeer County 911 Center dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies and Elba Township Fire Department to a single vehicle injury traffic crash on Genesee Road between Maple Leaf Road and Elba Road in Lapeer.
A vehicle was reported to be overturned in the ditch. Smoke was coming from the vehicle with young children heard.
A 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling west on Genesee Road. Snow was occurring at the time and the roadway is curved. The vehicle traveled across the eastbound lane and struck a guard rail on the south side of the roadway.
After striking the guard rail, the vehicle continued west entering a ditch. The vehicle eventually struck a utility pole, driveway culvert which resulted in airborne travel, and a tree. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof. There was smoke coming from the vehicle with no observed fire when deputies arrived. Deputies had to immediately remove occupants due to the smoke and fear of the vehicle catching fire.
There were four occupants inside the vehicle with two adults in the front seats and two children under the age of 5 (restrained in infant car seats) within the back seat.
Sergeant Don Brady and Deputy Dave Barrett with the assistance of motorist who stopped broke out the door glass and removed an adult female from the front passenger seat. Sgt. Brady crawled under the vehicle and broke the back window to gain access and remove the two children suspended upside down in the back seat. The unresponsive male driver was trapped and extricated by Elba Township Fire Department.
Lapeer County Sheriff’s Investigators established that alcohol and excessive speed were contributing factors to the cash traffic crash.
Richard Page’s blood alcohol level was over three times the legal limit of .08. Richard Page’s driver’s license was suspended according to the Michigan Secretary of State. The vehicle driven by Richard Page was traveling 96 MPH within a 55 MPH speed limit zone seconds prior to this traffic crash.
The Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office criminally charged Richard Page with several felony charges. In July of 2017, a plea agreement was entered. Richard Page plead guilty to a count of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury and one count of driving while license suspended causing serious injury.
On Monday 10-09-2017, Lapeer County 40th Circuit Court Judge Holowka sentenced Richard Page to the Michigan Department of Corrections for a prison term of 3 to 5 years.