Man sent to prison for fleeing police, possessing heroin in jail.
By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.
LUDINGTON — A 25-year-old Sheridan Township man was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, June 12, for a conviction of third-degree fleeing police.
Marshall Jennings Brault, of 2275 N. Tallman Lake Rd., was arrested in April after fleeing from Mason County sheriff deputies. Brault was also charged with assaulting/resisting/obstructing police, which was dismissed in a plea agreement.
Brault was also sentenced Tuesday to 18 months to four years for heroin possession less than 25 grams while in jail. He is also convicted of third-offense habitual offender.
Brault was on parole at time of his offense, so none of his jail time counts for time served.
“He’s still very young, which is very distressing that he has amassed the criminal record that he has,” said Mason County Prosector Paul Spaniola. Brault has previously been convicted of six felonies. Among those crimes included arson of a house at the corner of William and Court streets in Ludington and also the breaking and entering of the Wishing Well convenience store in Pentwater Township, Oceana County.
Brault’s attorney, Douglas Stevenson, said the police chase was on a “four or five block stretch. This isn’t quite the horrible crime that the count should show.” Stevenson said Brault was trying to bring medicine to his sister.
According to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, Brault was arrested following two 911 calls complaining of a high-speed reckless vehicle.One call was placed on Sugar Grove Road at Custer Road, reporting a silver vehicle running a stop sign at a high speed. The second call was of the same vehicle passing vehicles in the center turn lane on US 10 at Meyers Road, the sheriff said.
“A deputy spotted the vehicle westbound on US 10 at Nelson and attempted to catch up with the vehicle,” said Cole. “The vehicle refused to stop and was eventually stopped on Delia and Court (streets) with the assistance of the Ludington Police Department. The driver was arrested after the driver refused to exit the vehicle. It was also learned he was wanted on an absconder warrant out of the Michigan Department of Corrections.”
Following his arrest, Sheriff Kim Cole said corrections officers at the Mason County Jail found Brault in possession of heroin.
The two sentencing terms run concurrently to each other, but consecutively to any parole violation sanctions he receives, said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski.
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