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Man pleads in station crash

October 4, 2012
Jenny Lancour - staff writer ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - A Gladstone man pleaded no contest to four of five charges Wednesday in connection with stealing a vehicle he crashed into the Gladstone Public Safety building this summer.

Robert John Anderson, 33, was arrested the evening of Aug. 1 after he stole a vehicle and drove it into the garage at Public Safety while he was under the influence and in possession of drugs.

During Wednesday's hearing in Delta County Circuit Court, he pleaded no contest to: unlawfully driving away an auto, a five-year felony; possession of a controlled substance, a two-year felony; assaulting/obstructing/resisting two police officers, a two-year felony; and operating an auto while under the influence, a 93-day misdemeanor.

In exchange for the no contest pleas, the prosecution dismissed one count of malicious destruction of a building, more than $1,000 but less than $20,000. A habitual offender notice was also dismissed.

Because Anderson pleaded no contest to the charges, Judge Stephen Davis will use the police report to determine what happened when considering sentencing.

On Aug. 1, witnesses saw Anderson wander around in traffic on U.S. 2 & 41 and then steal a vehicle belonging to a construction worker, according to the police report. After crashing the 2006 Toyota Camry into a garage door at Public Safety, he resisted arrest by kicking, spitting and yelling at police officers, Davis read from the report.

When Anderson was apprehended, police found him to be in possession of a hypodermic needle and the controlled substance Methyphenidate Hydrochloride, the report stated.

Anderson was transported by Rampart Ambulance to OSF St. Francis Hospital where he was treated. He was later lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.

Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Nov. 19. His sentencing will include fines and costs as well as restitution for damages to the building, the stolen car, and a vehicle inside the garage.



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