Chase suspect in court


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS – A Georgia man is facing criminal charges in Iron County as a result of a high-speed chase that occurred Friday evening.

Karl Friedrich-Johannes Dresch, 32, of Crawfordville, Ga. was arraigned in Iron County Trial Court on Monday on one felony count of fleeing and eluding-fourth degree, one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated, and one misdemeanor count of open intoxicants in a vehicle.

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

Dresch will return to court for a preliminary examination on June 19.

Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler said that he will also be reviewing the case for possible charges in Florence County.

The charges against Dresch stem from a June 7 incident that began in Florence County.

Florence County Sheriff Jeff Rickaby reported that one of his deputies observed Dresch’s vehicle traveling north on County Road N at a speed of 72 miles per hour. The posted speed limit in that area is 55 miles per hour.

When the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Dresch would not pull over, said Rickaby.

The chase continued from County Road N to U.S. 2 and into Michigan. At that point, deputies from the Iron County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit.

Rickaby said that Dresch voluntarily pulled over on County Road 424, just east of Alpha.

No one was injured in the incident, although chase speeds reached 146 miles per hour.

According to deputies from the Iron County Sheriff’s Department, Dresch was driving a red 1993 Pontiac Firebird.

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