GRATTAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A man who fled after striking a horseback rider in Kent County's Grattan Township last month, breaking the horse's leg and knocking off its rider, was sentenced today to 30 days in jail.
Michael John Dean, 36, of Belmont, was also ordered to pay $3,300 in restitution for the value of the five-year-old Colt and the cost to bury it.
When Kent County Sheriff's deputies caught up with Dean days after the June 3 accident, he said damage to his Jeep was caused by a deer strike on Cannonsburg Road NE. He later admitted to putting deer hair on the impact site to make it look as though he struck a deer rather than a horse.
Three people were horseback riding along a gravel stretch of Byrne Avenue NE at Five Mile Road when Dean's 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee lost control, brushed one of the riders and struck the horse ridden by Lynn Marie Holck.