Trial date scheduled in Esky police chase case
ESCANABA — A trial date has been set for one of the two downstate men involved in a shoplifting incident at Shopko that led to a high speed chase in November.
David Michael Brown, 46, of 730 Rex. Ave., Kalamazoo, is scheduled for a two-day trial on Nov. 13 and 14 on five different charges — four of which are felonies. The date was set at a pre-trial hearing Monday in Delta County Circuit Court.
Brown is represented by attorney Timothy Cain, who had thought Brown had received a plea bargain agreement from the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office. However, there was no plea agreement. The hearing was then treated as a pre-trial/scheduling appearance.
Brown was bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court on the following five counts: police officer – fleeing – third degree – penal code, a five-year felony with a maximum fine of $5,000; two counts of police officer – assaulting/resisting/obstructing, a two-year felony with a maximum fine of $2,000; retail fraud – first degree worth of $1,000 or more, a five-year felony with a maximum fine of $10,000; and controlled substance – possession of marijuana/synthetic equivalents, a one-year misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $2,000.
The other defendant, Charles Perkins IV, 27, of 1068 Revere Ln., Kalamazoo, is scheduled to appear in circuit court on Feb. 4. He was bound over to circuit court on one count of retail fraud – first degree worth $1,000 or more, a five-year felony with a maximum fine of $10,000.
Escanaba Public Safety Officers were called to the Escanaba Shopko store on a shoplifting complaint at 8:10 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2018. When an officer arrived, he found a vehicle matching the description he was given in the store’s parking lot.
When the officer activated his squad car’s lights, the vehicle with Brown and Perkins inside fled the scene. Officers pursued the vehicle through commercial and residential areas between Shopko and the Escanaba High School. The vehicle then began traveling northbound on North Lincoln Road and failed to stop at all traffic lights.
The chase continued beyond the Escanaba city limit and into Wells and Gladstone. The vehicle was stopped when police used spike strips to deflate its tires at the intersection of US-2 and South Hill Road in Gladstone.
Brown and Perkins were arraigned Nov. 5 in district court.