Woman alleged to have stolen car and gas bound over to circuit court
STANDISH — The Turner woman charged with stealing an automobile in Turner Township and fuel from a Sterling gas station Sept. 12 appeared in 81st District Court Sept. 30, and was bound over to 23rd Circuit Court, where she awaits arraignment.
According to information from district court, Stacey Swartz, 29, of Turner, is scheduled for a circuit court arraignment Oct. 16. Swartz is alleged to have illegally driven away in a Chevrolet TrailBlazer, and then to have stolen gasoline from the Forward station in Sterling.
When police identified the vehicle on I-75, Swartz reportedly fled from them before leaving the roadway and crashing in Bay County.
Swartz has been charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors due to the incident. She faces one felony count of unlawfully driving away an automobile, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a suspended license, and one felony count of third-degree fleeing and eluding police, which is also a felony. Third-degree fleeing and eluding carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or $1,000.
The misdemeanor larceny of fuel 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 being lodged in the Arenac County Jail. She is being represented by Attorney Garner Dewey.