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UPDATE: Calumet man arrested in investigation of Capitol riot has felony record

Karl Dresch appeared in federal court by video Wednesday.
The photograph shown depicts a group of individuals approaching the U.S.
Capitol Building,...
The photograph shown depicts a group of individuals approaching the U.S. Capitol Building, which can be seen in the background. This was in FBI files from Karl Dresch's Facebook page.(FBI)
Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 12:26 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2021 at 5:23 PM EST
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CALUMET, Mich. (AP & WLUC) - UPDATE: The Calumet man who was arrested this week on charges related to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has a criminal record.

According to TV6 records, in June 2013, following a high speed chase at speeds of 146 miles per hour, Karl Dresch (listed then as a Crawfordville, Georgia man) was charged with fleeing from police and driving while intoxicated. The police chase happened in both Iron County, Michigan, and Florence County, Wisconsin.

In Florence County, Dresch accepted a plea deal in April 2014, pleading no contest to one felony count of fleeing and eluding an officer. He was sentenced to 11 months in jail, followed by two years of probation. His driver’s license was also revoked for six months.

It seems that Dresch did face charges in Iron County, Michigan, as well, but TV6 is still searching our records for more on those charges.

This story will be updated when we know more information.

UPDATE: The FBI has arrested a man in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula who is accused of joining the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The detail was disclosed in a request to search a car for evidence about Karl Dresch’s trip to Washington. The car was seized after he was arrested Tuesday in Calumet in Houghton County.

A criminal complaint in federal court was also filed against Dresch. Dresch appeared in court by video Wednesday.

The Jan. 15, 2021, criminal complaint says Dresch faces charges of:

  • Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and impeding or disrupting official functions
  • Violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
  • Obstructing an official proceeding

The search warrant request is loaded with details about Dresch’s social media postings related to the assault at the Capitol.

He joked about the use of tear gas by police. Dresch said, “I love masks now!”

The FBI says Karl Dresch posted this photo at 3:13 p.m. Jan. 6, 2021 with the caption “Who’s...
The FBI says Karl Dresch posted this photo at 3:13 p.m. Jan. 6, 2021 with the caption “Who’s house? OUR HOUSE!”(FBI)
According to FBI records, this image was sent to another Facebook user by Karl Dresch on Jan....
According to FBI records, this image was sent to another Facebook user by Karl Dresch on Jan. 8, 2021.(FBI)
A selfie Karl Dresch took at the U.S. Capitol and shared with another Facbeook user, according...
A selfie Karl Dresch took at the U.S. Capitol and shared with another Facbeook user, according to FBI files.(FBI)

Dresch’s arrest was first reported and detailed in the Detroit News Wednesday morning.

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