Serious motorcycle crash leads to jail term

MENOMINE – A Gladstone man – accused of driving drunk and seriously injuring his sister who was riding his motorcycle in a 2011 crash – was recently sentenced to 93 days in jail and two years probation.

Steven Dennis Parrett, 44, appeared in Menominee County Circuit Court on Friday when he was placed on probation for two years on one felony count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious impairment of a body function.

He was ordered to spend 93 days in jail, with credit for one day served, on one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The jail time can be served on weekends.

Parrett was also ordered to pay $180,000 in restitution and $1,898 in court fines and costs.

Parrett was arrested July 25, 2011, after he crashed his motorcycle on County Road 577 in Menominee Township at 12:27 a.m., according to Michigan State Police who investigated the accident.

Parrett’s sister, Tracie Lee Peterson, then 46, of Menominee, was a passenger on the motorcycle. She suffered serious injuries in the crash and remains unresponsive at a nursing home in Peshtigo.

During Parrett’s preliminary examination in district court in March, testimony revealed he had been driving drunk with a blood alcohol content of .20 grams.

A reconstruction of the accident showed Parrett’s three-wheeled motorcycle traveled 475 feet off the roadway including two times the vehicle went airborne for a total of 59 feet.

Police testified Parrett stated at the crash scene that he was the only one on the motorcycle. Officers later found Peterson lying injured in a ditch.