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Man who fled police enters plea

Christopher Imelmann

Christopher Imelmann

A Cannon Township man that was shot by police last March when he appeared to try to run over a sheriff deputy has pled guilty to several charges.

Deputy Joe Glynn, of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, attempted to pull over Christopher Imelmann, age 46, on Belding Road about 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, March 26.

Imelmann failed to stop and reached speeds of 85 miles an hour. Imelmann tried to pull into the driveway of his home on Belding Road just west of Blakely Drive, but missed, spinning out.

When Deputy Glynn got out of his vehicle to approach, Imelmann’s vehicle accelerated. Glynn shot into the car, injuring Imelmann as well as a passenger, Steven Powell, age 28 and resident of Orleans in Ionia County.

Imelmann, who was shot in the torso, ran into his residence, but eventually surrendered to authorities. Powell was shot in the hand, and did not flee.

Imelmann had a suspended license due to a poor driving record, had three warrants for his arrest, including a misdemeanor for littering, one felony for larceny from a building and one for illegal use of a financial transaction device.

Last week Imelmann pled guilty to fleeing and eluding police, 4th degree, and being a habitual offender—a 15-year maximum penalty. He also pled guilty to resisting and obstructing a police officer, and being a habitual offender—a 15-year maximum penalty. And he pled guilty to operating while under the influence of drugs, a 93-day misdemeanor. Cocaine was found in his system.

Imelmann is scheduled to be sentenced November 17.

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