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Fleeing driver who crashed gets 15 years in prison

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The 39-year-old Michigan man who caused a head-on crash in the middle of Carroll as he led a police officer on a high-speed chase through town was sentenced last week to up to 15 years in prison.

Todd Alan Michalec, of Escanaba, Michigan, pleaded guilty to the six felonies of eluding and serious injury by vehicle he faced for the June 4 incident.

He sped westbound through town — traveling 72 mph in a 35-mph zone at one point on U.S. Highway 30 — failed to stop for a police officer, swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed into a minivan about 7:15 p.m. near the highway’s intersection with Crawford Street.

Three people in the minivan suffered serious, unspecified injuries, and two of them were transported to Des Moines hospitals for treatment.

Michalec’s vehicle overturned onto its top in the crash, and he “quickly exited” the vehicle and resisted arrest, court records show. It took four law-enforcement officers to detain him.

Michalec is expected to pay thousands of dollars worth of restitution to the people who were in the minivan. A total amount has not yet been determined, court records show. He faced a total of up to 30 years in prison, but a judge sentenced him to up to 15 years in a court hearing on Sept. 12.

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