Guilty plea for attempted fleeing

CRYSTAL FALLS—An Iron River man accused of second degree fleeing a police officer pleaded guilty to an amended charge May 12 in Iron County Trial Court.
    Tyler Roy Polich, 21, pleaded guilty to attempted fleeing of a police officer–second degree, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison. The original felony charge, which was dismissed as part of the plea agreement, carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
    Polich, who is being lodged at the Iron County Correctional Facility after his bond was recently revoked, will be sentenced on Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.
    A misdemeanor charge of allowing consumption by minors on premises was also dismissed as part of the plea bargain.
    The hearing was held before Judge Michael Pope of Gogebic County, who is presiding over the case for Iron County Judge C. Joseph Schwedler.
    Both Schwedler and Iron County Prosecuting Attorney Melissa Powell withdrew from the case earlier. Houghton County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Makinen is handling the prosecution.
    During the hearing, Polich admitted to Pope that he attempted to flee an Iron River police officer on June 20, 2016. During the incident, a passenger in Polich’s car, Seth Stoychoff, exited the vehicle and was seriously injured.
    “I was driving down Genesee Street and I passed a cop and he came in behind me and I fled,” Polich told the judge. “In the process, my passenger jumped out and ended up in the hospital.”
    Upon questioning by Pope, Polich said he knew it was a police vehicle following him and that the officer had indicated for him to stop by activating his lights and turning on the siren.
    “You refused to obey his orders?” Pope asked.

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