Sturgis man convicted of fleeing, resisting police

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. -- A man who fled from Sturgis Police at high speeds through a neighborhood after allegedly committing an armed robbery in a different county, was convicted in St. Joseph County, Michigan.

The prosecutor's office says Sturgis Police received an alert for a suspect in an armed robbery in Branch County on October 22, 2021.

An officer in Sturgis located Brand's vehicle and began a pursuit.

Brand fled from police at speeds approaching 100 mph through a residential area of Sturgis around 2:30 p.m.

Police terminated the pursuit for concerns about public safety.

Concerned citizens guided the officer through the area and the officer located Brand's vehicle, which had crashed into another vehicle.

Brand and another person ran from their crashed vehicle, but they were eventually taken into custody.

A police K-9 helped recover the stolen handgun Brand allegedly used in the Branch County armed robbery.

Following a two day trial, a jury convicted Brand of fleeing and eluding 3rd degree, assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer and felony firearm.

Brand will be sentenced on September 30.

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