Turner woman charged with stealing car and gas, leading police on chase
STANDISH — A Turner woman alleged to have stolen a car in Turner Township and gasoline in Sterling on the same day has been charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors.
Stacey Swartz, 29, of Turner, was charged with one count of unlawful driving away of an automobile, one count of larceny less than $200, one count of third-degree fleeing and eluding and one count of driving with a suspended or revoked license in 81st District Court Sept. 18.
The incidents allegedly occurred Sept. 12. According to district court documents, Swartz allegedly stole the automobile, a Chevrolet TrailBlazer, and gasoline from the Forward station in Sterling. When police identified the vehicle on I-75, Swartz allegedly fled from the police before leaving the roadway and crashing in Bay County.
Arenac County Undersheriff Donald McIntyre said Swartz was transported to Bay Region hospital where she was treated and released. A warrant was issued for her arrest after she was released from the hospital, and McIntyre said she was arrested Sept. 17. She was arraigned in 81st District Court Wednesday, Sept. 18.
The felonious charge of unlawfully driving away an automobile carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a suspended license. Third-degree fleeing and eluding police is also a felony, and carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or $1,000.
The misdemeanor larceny charge carries a penalty of 93 days in jail and/or $500 or three times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater. Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, a misdemeanor, carries a penalty of 93 days in jail and/or $500.
Swartz is currently being lodged in the Arenac County Jail. She is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m., and for a preliminary exam Sept. 30 at 8:30 a.m.