IR man charged after chase


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS – An Iron River man is facing criminal charges stemming from an incident on Friday in which he and a Michigan State Police trooper were injured.

Brian Robert McCarthy, 27, faces one felony count of resisting or obstructing a police officer causing injury and one misdemeanor count of malicious destruction of property-between $200 and $1,000. He is also listed as a habitual offender-fourth.

According to court documents, McCarthy has one previous conviction of attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer from 2007 and two previous convictions of resisting and obstructing a police officer from 2008 and 2009.

If convicted on the current charges, McCarthy could spend up to 15 years in prison.

A preliminary examination in the matter is scheduled for Sept. 3 in Iron County Trial Court.

Judge C. Joseph Schwedler ordered a $2,000 bond in the case.

Officials from the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain post said that the incident in question occurred at about 12:15 a.m. Friday when a trooper responded to a report of a suspicious situation on Genesee Street in Iron River.

Court documents identify the trooper as Doug Weesner.

Upon arrival at the scene, Weesner discovered that a large front window on a building had been broken.

Court documents identify the building as belonging to Krist Oil Security Office.

Weesner located a trail of blood leading away from the scene and tracked the suspect, identified as McCarthy, to a residence located a few blocks away.

After seeing Weesner, McCarthy allegedly fled the area on foot.

During the pursuit, Weesner fell and sustained injuries. He was eventually able to catch and apprehend McCarthy.

Officials reported that both Weesner and McCarthy were treated at Northstar Health System and released. Weesner sustained injuries in the fall and McCarthy sustained injuries from breaking the window, officials said.

Assisting at the scene was the Iron County Sheriff’s Department.

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