Centreville man convicted for high-speed chase

CENTREVILLE — A Centreville man is facing up to 15 years in prison for a 100 mile per hour police chase that happened earlier this year.

A jury found Daniel Wagner, 41, guilty of fourth degree fleeing and eluding as a fourth habitual offender on Tuesday, Oct. 25 following a one-day trial in St. Joseph County Circuit Court in front of Judge Paul Stutesman.

According to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, a St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle driven by Wagner in Centreville on July 3. Wagner failed to stop, reportedly took “evasive maneuvers,” and led the deputy on a chase reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Wagner reportedly fled the vehicle and hid in a wooded swamp, where he was located by a Michigan State Police K9 unit.

During trial, testimony was presented from two St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputies and a Michigan State Police trooper. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Casey Johnson.

Sentencing in the case is set for Dec. 16.

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