Case against L’Anse car chase suspect advances


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS – A L’Anse teen appeared in Iron County Trial Court on Monday to face charges for a car chase incident that occurred in October.

Devin Charles Curtis, 18, waived his preliminary examination and agreed to be bound over to the circuit court level, where he entered not guilty pleas.

A pre-trial in the matter is scheduled for June 3.

Curtis faces one felony count of unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle and one felony count of fleeing a police officer-third degree-vehicle code.

If convicted, he could spend up to 10 years in prison.

In addition, Curtis is charged with absconding his bond. He was supposed to appear for court dates in November, but he never showed up. A bench warrant had been issued for his arrest.

The charges against Curtis stem from an Oct. 28 incident that began in Iron River.

According to Michigan State Police troopers, Curtis and 18-year-old Shad Kenneth Bryan of Baraga stole a 2011 Subaru Outback from the parking lot of Angeli’s Central Market.

When troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle on U.S. 141 in Hematite Township, the vehicle would not stop.

Curtis and Bryan then led law enforcement officials on a 65-mile chase from U.S. 141 in Iron and Baraga counties, to M-28 in Baraga, Houghton, and Ontonagon counties, to U.S. 45 in Ontonagon County.

Troopers said that the driver lost control of the vehicle on U.S. 45 near Gauthier Road in Ontonagon County. Curtis and Bryan fled the scene on foot, but were apprehended the next morning.Bryan was sentenced in March for his part in the crime. He is currently serving an eight-month sentence in the Iron County Jail.

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