Holland police pursue driver ‘at or below speed limit’

Raul Campos faces drunk driving, resisting and obstructing charges

Raul Campos
Raul Campos. (April 4, 2016)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Holland police say an apparently drunken driver refused to pull over for a few miles Sunday night after he allegedly hit a fence and garbage cans.

The incident started around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when police were notified that a driver had hit a fence in the 400 block of West 16th Street and later garbage cans on 9th Street, according to the Holland Department of Public Safety.

A patrol officer spotted the suspect vehicle headed south on River Avenue. He tried to pull the driver over near 15th Street, but the man behind the wheel kept driving. Going “at or below the speed limit,” police say, he continued south on Michigan Avenue past where it becomes Washington Avenue and eventually turned onto northbound US-31.

Eventually, officers used spike strips on US-31 near Lincoln Avenue. The driver kept going for a short distance before stopping in the 1000 block of Lincoln, at which point he was arrested.

In all, according to Google Maps, the pursuit covered a course of about four miles.

The driver, 23-year-old Raul Campos of Holland, was charged on Monday with operating while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, and resisting and obstructing police. Police said he was not charged with fleeing and eluding because that crime would have required an increase in speed.

Campos was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. A Monday release from Holland police did not include the date of his next court hearing.

Comments are closed.