A Norfolk man on Monday made his first felony appearance before Judge Frank Skorupa in Platte County Court.
Michael D. Brummond, 53, is now scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. April 10 arraignment in county court. The defendant faces two felony and four misdemeanor charges relating to a January incident where Brummond was allegedly driving impaired before fleeing in his vehicle from Columbus Police.
Brummond is charged with operating a vehicle to avoid arrest, being in possession of a controlled substance, both Class IV felonies; resisting arrest first offense, obstructing a police officer; both Class I misdemeanors; DUI first offense and refusing to submit to a chemical testing, both Class W misdemeanors.
Under state law, the defendant could face a maximum sentence of two years in prison on both felony offenses, up to a year in prison for the Class I misdemeanors and 60 days in jail for the Class W misdemeanor.
Just after 1 a.m. on Jan. 28, Officer Brian Hunke was on routine patrol field training another officer when he noticed a Red Ford pickup truck traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes in the 1000 block of east 23rd Street. A traffic stop was conducted and contact was made with the defendant, the lone occupant in the vehicle, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.
Questioning why the man was driving on the wrong side of the road, the defendant allegedly said he took a wrong turn. When asked if he’d been drinking the defendant reportedly said he hadn't, although an officer said he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the defendant.
The officer, court records show, instructed Brummond to make a U-turn and pull off onto the shoulder of the road as to avoid being struck by oncoming traffic. Court records show the defendant started pulling forward and turning, but then proceeded to take off back westbound the wrong way.
A chase at speeds of anywhere from 30-50 mph happened “all over the city,” with lights and sirens, court records show. During the pursuit the defendant allegedly ran stop signs, traffic signals and several times drove on the wrong side of the road. Other police units were ultimately able to deploy spike strips to deflate the vehicle's tires which eventually led to apprehension of the suspect.
Brummond reportedly refused commands to exit the vehicle and was forcibly removed, court records show. During this time, the defendant reportedly resisted handcuffing and attempted to escape law enforcement’s grasp. While apprehended, a glass pipe testing positive for methamphetamine was allegedly found on the defendant.
Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.