Rock man pleads guilty to police chase with stolen vehicle

ESCANABA — A Rock man who was arrested and lodged at the Delta County Correctional Facility after his theft of a vehicle prompted a police chase this summer pleaded guilty to three counts as part of a plea bargain in Delta County Circuit Court earlier this week.

Jack Robert Lopresto pleaded guilty to one count of motor vehicle – unlawful driving away, one count of police officer – fleeing – fourth degree, and one count of reckless driving on Tuesday, Sept. 4. In exchange, the prosecution will not amend the second count to fleeing – third degree.

Lopresto also requested a delay of sentence regarding the second count. The prosecution is not recommending a delay of sentence on any of the counts.

The charges stem from an incident on June 25 in Escanaba Township. At about 6:10 p.m. that day, the Delta County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the township for a stolen vehicle complaint.

At 7:29 p.m., a deputy observed the stolen vehicle traveling in the Boney Falls area. A pursuit ensued southbound on Country Road 426 towards the Carol’s Corner area of Escanaba Township.

A deputy stationed in this area was able to successfully deploy “stop sticks,” which caused both of the stolen vehicle’s driver’s-side tires to gradually deflate.

Lopresto continued eastbound on County Road 420, where his driver’s-side tires both came off of the rim. He then failed to negotiate the curve at the top of South Hill Road and drove off the roadway into the “bowl area.”

He crossed over South Hill Road and entered the ditch before he was able to enter back onto South Hill Road. He then lost control and went into the ditch at South Hill Road and U.S. 2 and 41, ending the pursuit.

Lopresto’s sentencing date has been set as Oct. 22 at 1:45 p.m. Cash or surety bond for Lopresto — which was set at $10,000 — has not been posted.