ESCANABA - A drunk driver who fled from police and crashed into a semi truck will be sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court next month.
Christine Ann Metzger, 48, of Wilson, pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense, and pleaded guilty to fleeing and eluding police, resulting in an accident.
The charges stem from a Sept. 18, 2011 incident in which Metzger used her vehicle to flee from Hannahville Tribal Police after they attempted to pull over the suspected drunk driver during the early morning hours.
The chase ended when Metzger's 2007 Dodge Charger collided head-on with a semi truck on U.S. 2 and 41, west of Escanaba. Both vehicles exploded upon impact. Officers extricated Metzger from her burning vehicle and dragged her to safety prior to the car exploding a second time.
Metzger was transported by ambulance to OSF St. Francis Hospital. The semi driver escaped uninjured from the burning truck. An officer suffered smoke inhalation and was later treated and released from the hospital.
During Metzger's plea hearing in circuit court Wednesday, Judge Stephen Davis asked her how the accident happened. She said. "Driving and getting chased by Hannahville police."
Metzger admitted to having several drinks, driving under the influence, fleeing from police for about 10 miles, traveling through a construction zone, crossing the center line, and hitting a moving truck head on.
Davis scheduled Metzger's sentencing for May 31. He told the defendant to take care of her personal affairs before that in case her sentencing includes jail, "and it will," he said.
Maximum sentencing for fleeing and eluding police, resulting in an accident, is five years in prison and a $1,000 fine. The maximum sentence for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense, is one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
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