Gogebic County county man facing 8 felonies after police chase arraigned

Cody Lee Ashenbrenner, 31, of Marenisco.
Cody Lee Ashenbrenner, 31, of Marenisco.(WLUC)
Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 4:24 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2022 at 1:07 PM EST
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GOGEBIC COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: The Gogebic County man who led police on a chase from the Western U.P. and into Wisconsin has been arraigned.

Cody Lee Ashenbrenner, 31, of Marenisco was arraigned in the 98th District Court Monday afternoon. During the arraignment, he requested a court-appointed lawyer.

Ashenbrenner is being held in the Gogebic County Jail with a bond set at 50,000 cash.

The suspect arrested in Wisconsin after leading police on a chase from Gogebic County now faces nine charges, eight of them felonies.

Police arrested the 31-year-old man after he fired a gun at a home during domestic situation in Marenisco Township. Michigan State Police says he then fled the scene in a vehicle before he was stopped in Vilas County, Wisc. using stop strips.

According to a criminal complaint from the Gogebic County Prosecuting Attorney, the suspect faces nine charges:

  • 2 counts Weapons-firearms-discharging into or at a building (felony)
  • Malicious destruction of personal property- $1,000 or more, but less than $20,000 (felony)
  • 3 counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (felony)
  • Fleeing a police officer, third degree (felony)
  • Assaulting/resisting/obstructing an officer (felony)
  • Assault and battery (misdemeanor)

The man was being lodged in Vilas County, Wisc. on a fleeing and eluding charge because he entered Wisconsin during the chase. He waived an extradition hearing Wednesday afternoon and will be transferred to Gogebic County in the coming days.

The suspect’s name will not be released until he is arraigned. The case is being handled by the MSP-Wakefield Post and MSP Marquette crime lab in conjunction with assistance from the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department., the Michigan DNR and other agencies.

Last published: Nov 21, 2022 4:24:45 PM

One man is in jail after firing a shot toward a nearby home and trying to flee police and in Gogebic County.

Just before 11 a.m. Monday, Michigan State Police troopers from the Wakefield Post and deputies from the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a domestic disturbance and malicious destruction of property complaint in Marenisco Township. The complaint involved a 31-year-old male suspect.

On the way to the scene, responding officers and troopers received additional information that the suspect was firing a gun at or near the residence.

Responding officers arrived and learned that the suspect had left. A short time later, however, he returned.

The MSP says when he was confronted by law enforcement, the suspect fired a shot toward a nearby residence and then fled the scene in a vehicle. The suspect was pursued by MSP Wakefield troopers, Gogebic County Sheriff deputies, Watersmeet Township officers, and Michigan DNR officers into Vilas County, where the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department assisted.

Law enforcement deployed stop sticks, deflating the suspect’s vehicle tires. He was taken into custody without incident. There were no injuries to the public, law enforcement, or the suspect.

The suspect is currently lodged in the Vilas County Jail on a charge of flee and elude and is pending extradition back to Michigan for additional charges. His name will not be released until arraignment. The investigation is ongoing.