February 8, 2016

Woman accused of stealing car pleads guilty

Stacey Swartz

STANDISH — A Turner woman accused of stealing a car and gasoline, and fleeing police, pleaded guilty in 23rd Circuit Court Oct. 16 to two of six charges levied against her.

Stacey Swartz, 29, pleaded guilty to a high-court misdemeanor of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and a felony charge of fourth-degree fleeing and eluding. Unlawful use of a motor vehicle carries a penalty of two years in prison and/or $1,500, and a suspended license. Fourth-degree fleeing and eluding carries a penalty of one year in jail and $500.

Several charges were dropped in the plea agreement, including 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.

Police accused Swartz of illegally driving away in a Chevrolet TrailBlazer in Turner Township Sept. 12, and then stealing gasoline from the Forward station in Sterling. She reportedly fled from the police on I-75 before crashing the vehicle in Bay County.

Swartz is currently being lodged in the Arenac County Jail with a $20,000 or 10-percent cash surety bond. She is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 13.

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