ESCANABA - A Gladstone man was sentenced Monday to one year in jail for fleeing from police in a stolen car while under the influence and in possession of drugs this summer. The police chase ended when the subject crashed into the Gladstone Public Safety building.
Robert John Anderson, 33, was sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court on four counts relating to the Aug. 1 incident.
According to police, Anderson abandoned his own vehicle in Gladstone then stole a construction worker's car at a job site on the U.S. 2 & 41 overpass. He fled from officers and drove to the police department where he crashed into a garage door, damaging the building and a patrol car inside.
After resisting police, Anderson was apprehended and found to be in possession of the controlled substance Methyphenidate Hydrochloride. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated then later lodged in jail.
Last month, Anderson pleaded no contest to four charges. Circuit Court Judge Stephen Davis sentenced him Monday to 12 months in jail and two years probation on the following three counts: unlawfully driving away an auto; possession of a controlled substance; and assaulting/ obstructing/resisting two police officers. He was sentenced to 93 days in jail for operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs.
All four sentences are to be served concurrently. He was given credit for 110 days already served in jail. He was also ordered to pay a total of $874 in fines and costs and $1,348 in restitution. His drivers license will be suspended.
Prior to being sentenced, Anderson stated, "I just want to apologize to the court and everyone involved, for what I did." He added he will undergo counseling for substance abuse.
Anderson's attorney, Trent Stupak, told the judge that his client knows he made a mistake and has remorse for the mistake. Stupak said Anderson's offenses were fueled by controlled substances and his actions resulted in property damage. The attorney asked the court to order probation and jail rather than prison.