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Airborne motorist pleads to driving while impaired

A Comstock Park motorist whose car went airborne over the Dorr exit on U.S.-131 Jan. 13 has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

Chandler Cockerham pleaded guilty Thursday in Allegan County District Court to a misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.

Huizinga Rebuilding & Truck Parks provided video taken by a surveillance camera at the business near the ramp at the 142nd Avenue exit. The video showed Cockerham’s car drive up the dirt embankment at the 142nd Avenue exit and fly over the overpass, landing on the other side. It hit a road sign but not any other vehicles.

Cockerham sustained a cut to his head, but was not seriously injured. He admitted he had two mixed drinks and a six pack of beer and then slept for four hours. He also was found to have had cocaine in his system. 

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 10.

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