MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A Lake man is facing criminal charges after allegedly running down a dirt bike rider in his truck, killing him.
Allen L. Sprague, 54, on Friday, Oct. 27, appeared before Isabella County District Magistrate Aaron Miller for arraignment on charges of reckless driving causing death, failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
The first two felonies are punishable by up to 15 years in prison, while the third carries a maximum four-year sentence.
Miller set Sprague’s bond at $500,000.
According to an affidavit authored by a sheriff’s sergeant, deputies responded to a crash in the 7700 block of West Stevenson Lake Road in Coldwater Township around 9:15 a.m. on Oct. 25. They arrived to find 29-year-old Dylon E. Andras deceased.
A friend of Andras, who lives on Stevenson Lake Road near the crash site, told deputies he and Andras had ridden dirt bikes to Sprague’s house on North Rolland Road in Lake, about two miles away. They had gone there as Andras wanted to get a vehicle he had title to that was on Sprague’s property, the friend told deputies.
A woman Andras had previously been in a relationship with also lived with Sprague, Andras’ friend added.
The friend said, once outside, Andras began revving his bike’s engine. When the woman inside didn’t come outside, the two friends left.
As the friends were riding back to Stevenson Lake Road, they spotted Sprague’s black Dodge Ram coming in their direction. Andras’ friend told deputies he saw Sprague hit Andras with his truck and run over him.
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Sprague then accelerated toward the other man, who fled, the friend said.
“The truck kept following him and at one point was a few feet away from him at high speeds,” the sergeant wrote in his affidavit. “After a couple miles he finally lost the truck.”
Deputies spoke with Sprague and the woman he lives with. Sprague said when the dirt bikes arrived on his property it sounded like things were hitting his house. The woman added it sounded like the bikes were tearing up the yard.
After the bikes left, Sprague and the woman said they got in a truck and followed them. Sprague claimed the bikes were driving toward him, with one whipping around in front of him. He was unable to avoid striking it and run over it and its driver, he said.
The woman said the bike suddenly stopped, then the driver put his foot down and whipped the vehicle before the truck, causing them to strike it.
Sprague said he continued chasing the other bike in hopes of finding out who was riding it. He added he looked in his rearview mirror and thought he saw the man he struck standing in the roadway.
Sprague and the woman said they called 911 before returning to the crash site.
Sprague’s case is set for a preliminary examination on Nov. 16.