First jury trial in over a year begins next week in 51st Circuit Court.

June 25, 2021


First jury trial in over a year begins next week in 51st Circuit Court.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

Editor’s note: Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

LUDINGTON — The first jury trial in over a year begins next week in 51st Circuit Court following a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The trial against Chris Bernard Hansen, 65, of Manistee begins Tuesday, June 29, at the Stearns Hotel across the street from the courthouse.

Hansen was captured by Mason County sheriff’s deputies following a high-speed chase down Ludington Avenue one year ago during the early morning hours of June 23, 2020.

Hansen, who was recently paroled for a second-degree murder conviction, rammed a vehicle in the Meijer parking lot several times before fleeing from police, said Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

Hansen faces the following charges:
• Three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (a vehicle), which is a four-year felony. This is related to the three occupants in the vehicle he reportedly rammed in the Meijer parking lot.
• One count of fourth-degree fleeing and eluding a police officer, which is a two-year felony.
• One misdemeanor count of reckless driving.
• One misdemeanor count of failure to stop at the scene of a traffic crash.
• One misdemeanor count of violation of restricted driver’s license.
• Fourth-offense habitual offender notice.

The venue of Stearns Hotel will allow for more room for jurors and other people involved in the trial.

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