Lillywhite Given Probation Following February Incident
By: Mike Stiles - Monday, April 24, 2023

(photo courtesy of Kalamazoo County Jail)

(KALAMAZOO) – Sentence has been handed down to St. Joseph County Sheriff Mark Lillywhite for his part in a February incident.

Kalamazoo County 8th District Court officials say during his arraignment Monday morning, the 47 year old Lillywhite entered pleas of guilty to operating while intoxicated, and carrying a concealed weapon under the influence of alcohol.

Lillywhite was placed on probation for one year. In addition, court officials say the terms of his probation also include treatment. Lillywhite is not allowed to consume alcohol or be inside of a bar. He is also subject to random drug and alcohol testing as part of the probation.

Court officials say Lillywhite will be responsible for paying fines and court costs.

At 2:18 AM on February 26, the Michigan State Police were called to investigate a two vehicle collision that happened on southbound U.S. 131 near XY Avenue in Schoolcraft Township. Troopers determined that Lillywhite was driving south in a Chevy Traverse when it struck a Nissan Rouge from behind, and both vehicles went off the road. It’s alleged that Lillywhite was driving between 96 and 99 MPH at the time of the accident.

As the troopers talked with Lillywhite, they determined signs of intoxication. After giving him standardized field sobriety tests and assessments, they asked Lillywhite to take a breathalyzer at the scene. He refused and was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital to have his blood drawn.


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