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Drunken man who fled police gets chance for reduced charges

Becky Vargo • Oct 3, 2017 at 7:07 PM

A Nunica man will get a chance to have his charges reduced if he successfully completes Ottawa County’s Drug Court.

Christopher Kleeves, 47, pleaded guilty to charges of drunken driving, fleeing and eluding, resisting and opposing, and open container at a hearing Monday morning in Ottawa County Circuit Court. If he completes Drug Court, the open container charge will be dismissed and the resisting and opposing charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor as part of a plea agreement.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13.

The charges resulted from a July 11 incident when Kleeves fled from police after a concerned citizen called 911 to report a possible drunk driver at the Admiral gas station in Spring Lake Township. Deputies located and tried to stop the driver near the intersection of East Savidge Street and Lake Avenue in Spring Lake.

Kleeves then took off east down Leonard Street into Crockery Township.

Deputies placed a tire deflation strip on Leonard at 112th Avenue. Kleeves’ pickup truck hit the strip, but he kept driving on Leonard  with flat tires. He eventually stopped at a home near 108th Avenue.

 

Kleeves answered “yes” when Judge Jon Hulsing asked if police had to drag him out of his vehicle. He said, “I was temporarily scared to get out of my vehicle” when police approached him. 

Kleeves was arrested in the yard.

A blood test revealed his blood alcohol level to be at 0.24. A person registering a 0.08 is considered legally drunk in Michigan.

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