Standish man charged with home invasion after leading police on foot chase

STANDISH — A 26-year-old Standish man was charged with first-degree home invasion after allegedly stealing three guns from a Deep River Township residence and leading police on a chase on foot through the woods Sept. 26.

Michael David Mier was arraigned in 81st District Court in Arenac County Sept. 27. Along with first-degree home invasion, Mier was also charged with weapons possessed by a convicted felon.

Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre said Mier was reportedly caught breaking into a house on Ousterhout Drive by residents of the house, who reported the incident around 6:45 p.m. A resident of the house and a neighbor pursued Mier on foot into the woods after reporting the alleged home invasion, McIntyre said.

“We dispatched our K-9 unit and our K-9 tracked the subject up to the Rifle River,” he said. “Then, he crossed the Rifle River and was approaching Melita Road when our deputies found him.”

He added Mier was arrested approximately one hour after the police pursuit began. The guns reportedly taken were discovered along the wood line near the scene of the alleged home invasion.

According to information from district court, first-degree home invasion carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and/or $5,000. Possession of a firearm by a felon is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or $5,000.

Mier is currently being lodged in the Arenac County Jail with a $100,000 or 10-percent cash surety bond. A status conference scheduled for Monday, Sept. 30 was adjourned until Oct. 7.


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