Sheriff’s officer arrested for drunken driving after pedestrian hit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kent County corrections officer was arrested for drunken driving after hitting and injuring a pedestrian in Grand Rapids Friday night.

It happened around 11:15 p.m. on Market Avenue south of Fulton Street.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says the 24-year-old woman was crossing the street when she was hit by a southbound vehicle. She was taken to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Police say the driver, a 49-year-old man, was arrested for operating while intoxicated.

The driver’s name hasn’t been released pending arraignment, but Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young confirmed to News 8 he is a Kent County corrections officer. He is not a road patrol deputy.

“We take incidents like this very seriously,” LaJoye-Young told News 8 over the phone. “We regret that this incident has taken place and we understand the gravity. Our thoughts go out to the person who was struck.” 

She said her department will be conducting a separate investigation internally to address the officer’s status.

GRPD is conducting the separate criminal investigation. Any witnesses to the crash are asked to reach out to GRPD’s traffic unit at 616.456.3370 or