Man gets prison for theft, leading police on chase

David Michael Brown

ESCANABA — The second of two downstate men involved in a shoplifting incident at Shopko that led to a high speed chase in November was sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court Monday.

David Michael Brown, 46, of Kalamazoo, pleaded guilty to one count police officer – fleeing – third degree, one count of retail fraud – first degree and one count of controlled substance – possession of marijuana. Brown also pleaded no contest to two counts of police officer – assaulting/ resisting/ obstructing.

For the fleeing charge, Brown was sentenced to two years and five months to five years in prison. For the retail fraud charge, he was sentenced to two to five years in prison. Brown was sentenced to a minimum of one year and four months to two years for the two counts of police officer – assaulting/ resisting/ obstructing. For the possession of marijuana count, Brown was sentenced to 127 days in jail.

Brown was given credit for 127 days served on all counts. He was ordered to pay $512 in fines and costs.

Brown and Charles Perkins IV, 27, the other Kalamazoo man involved, both are required to pay $1,634.20 in restitution.

Perkins pleaded guilty to retail fraud – first degree and was sentenced to five months in jail and given credit for 24 days already served. He was ordered to pay $758 in fines and costs.

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 fled the scene. Officers pursued the vehicle through commercial and residential areas. The vehicle then began traveling northbound on North Lincoln Road.

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 U.S. 2 and South Hill Road in Gladstone.

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