ESCANABA - An Escanaba man pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to drunken driving and attempting to resist police in connection with an incident in Escanaba this summer. He fled from police after his pickup truck hit two parked vehicles.
Michael Jon Bergeon, 24, was originally arrested on five charges on Aug. 29 after he allegedly struck two vehicles and drove away in a pickup truck, then fled on foot before being tackled by an officer in a kiddy pool.
During a hearing in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Bergeon admitted to driving drunk and fleeing from police. He pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and pleaded guilty to attempted assaulting/ resisting/ obstructing a police officer.
While responding to a loud music complaint shortly before 4 a.m. on Aug. 29, Escanaba Public Safety officers observed a truck hit two vehicles on South 16th Street and leave the scene. When police signaled the driver to stop, Bergeon drove away during a short high-speed chase. He then exited the truck and fled on foot before an officer tackled him in a small pool.
Bergeon is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Nov. 28. The drunken driving charge carries a maximum sentencing of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He faces a maximum of one year in jail on the attempted resisting police charge.
In exchange for the two guilty pleas, the following four counts were dismissed: driver fleeing and eluding police; assaulting/resisting/obstructing police; driving on a suspended license; and failure to stop after a collision.