2017-11-02 / Courts

Man pleads guilty after high-speed chase

MELICHAR MELICHAR A 25-year-old Elmwood Township man pleaded guilty Tuesday in 86th District Court to charges of drunken driving, second offense, and attempted fleeing and eluding a police officer,

The plea follows an Oct. 9 incident in Greilickville.

That’s when a Leelanau County sheriff’s deputy was doing a building check at 13380 S. West Bay Shore Dr. at about 1 a.m. when Jacob E. Melichar, of 10060 Melichar Dr., left the area at a high rate of speed, according to a court report.

The deputy followed the vehicle and activated his emergency lights to perform a traffic stop, the report said. Melichar then ran through a stop sign, prompting the deputy to activate his siren and pursue Melichar, reaching speeds of up to 88 mph over more than three miles, the report said.

Melichar, who was driving a GMC pick-up truck, headed north on South West Bay Shore Drive and then cut across to East Cherry Bend Road and headed west.

Near Strang road, Melichar struck a deer and lost control of his vehicle, rolling it, the report said. He then attempted to flee on foot, but was stuck on his seatbelt, the report said.

The 25-year-old was previously convicted of drunken driving in January in 86th District Court.

A presentence investigation and alcohol and drug assessment has been ordered for Melichar. His sentencing is set for Nov. 21.

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