November 24, 2014

Turner woman who stole car receives jail time

STANDISH — Stacey Swartz was sentenced to six months in jail Nov. 13 for illegally driving away in a car and fleeing from the police.

Swartz, 29, pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to one count of motor vehicle unlawful use and one count of fleeing a police officer. Swartz reportedly drove away in a Chevrolet TrailBlazer in Turner Township Sept. 12 and fled from the police on I-75 before crashing the vehicle in Bay County.

After pleading guilty, several charges levied against Swartz were dropped. Dismissed charged include a felony charge of unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle, and a felony charge of fleeing and eluding. Two misdemeanors, larceny less than $200 and driving on a suspended license, were also dropped.

Both of the counts Swartz pleaded guilty to carry a sentence of six months to be served concurrently. She was credited 55 days in jail, and has to pay fines and costs of $11,655, with $10,007 of the fines and costs being restitution for the car she damaged while fleeing the police.

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