Kalamazoo man sentenced to prison for fleeing police after retail fraud complaint

DELTA COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - A Kalamazoo man arrested for retail fraud and fleeing police was sentenced Monday in Delta County Circuit Court.

46-year-old David Brown received the following:

Count 1-Fleeing a Police Officer 3rd Degree = 2 years 5 months in prison to a maximum of 5 years in prison

Count 2- Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer = 1 year 4 months in prison to a maximum of 2 years in prison

Count 3- Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer = 1 year 4 months in prison to a maximum of 2 years in prison

Count 4- Retail Fraud 1st Degree = 2 years in prison to a maximum of 5 years in prison

Count 5- Possession of Marijuana/Synthetic Equivalents = 127 days in jail

All counts are to be served concurrently to each other. He was credited for 127 days as time already served.

Brown and Charles Perkins IV, 27, were arrested after Escanaba Public Safety officers were dispatched to Shopko to investigate a fraud complaint. The incident happened on November 4.

Upon arrival, an officer observed a vehicle in Shopko’s parking lot that matched the description given of the suspect’s vehicle.

The officer activated his emergency lights to make contact with the occupants. The vehicle immediately fled the scene and was pursued by officers into the commercial and residential areas between Shopko and Escanaba High School.

The vehicle then traveled northbound on North Lincoln Road reaching high rates of speed. The vehicle failed to stop for traffic signals throughout the pursuit.

As the pursuit continued north through Wells, requests were made to assisting agencies for the use of their stop sticks. Deputies from the Delta County Sheriff’s Office and Gladstone Public Safety then set up stop sticks at two locations.

A deputy with the Sheriff’s Department successfully deployed stop sticks, deflating three of the tires on the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop at the South Shill Road intersection.



 
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