2011-08-03 / Front Page

Hospital fixes boo-boo

Man who crashed lobby sentenced
BY CAROL SEIFFERLEIN features editor


Jan. 8: A pickup truck crashes through the front entrance doors and into the Marlette Regional Hospital lobby. 
Police photo Jan. 8: A pickup truck crashes through the front entrance doors and into the Marlette Regional Hospital lobby. Police photo The Imlay City man who drove into the Marlette Regional Hospital lobby last winter has been sentenced to jail in circuit court.

Sanilac County Circuit Court Judge Donald Teeple sentenced Gerald E. Case, 57, to 90 days in jail, however Case’s jail sentence was deferred pending successful completion of probation. He was ordered to report for probation for 12 months, and has already paid restitution.

Case pled no contest to malicious destruction of property over $20,000; malicious destruction of personal property $200 to $1,000; and to an amended count of operate impaired, which was reduced from operating with the presence of controlled substances. A charge of reckless driving was dismissed.

A no contest plea is treated the same as a guilty plea at sentencing. A no contest plea is usually entered when the defendant cannot remember the incident due to substance or alcohol use, or in cases where there is a risk of civil liability.


Today: The damaged lobby area has been renovated, and the entrance doors (not shown) replaced. 
Hospital photo Today: The damaged lobby area has been renovated, and the entrance doors (not shown) replaced. Hospital photo The court deferred acceptance of the plea to damage over $20,000, and accepted the other no contest pleas.

On Jan. 8 Case drove his pickup truck into the main entrance of the hospital at 3:40 a.m. after knocking at the locked main door then driving around the hospital once, according to witnesses.

Hospital staff helped him out of his truck, which stopped two inches from the front desk, and took him to the emergency room for treatment of stomach pain.

Case told the investigating Sheriff department deputy he had driven from Imlay City to Marlette for treatment of stomach pain.

The hospital announced last week that repairs and renovations were completed. The sliding glass front doors that the truck smashed through were replaced soon after the accident. About two weeks ago new flooring and renovations to the front desk and patient registration area were finished. The damaged desk was replaced with a newer model with wood trim, and the registration cubicles were renovated and now feature frosted glass sliding doors for patient confidentiality.

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