Alpha man pleads not guilty of fleeing, OWI

CRYSTAL FALLS – An Alpha man accused of fleeing a police officer while operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol has pleaded not guilty.

Scott Michael Stroud, 32, appeared in Iron County District Court on Monday.

He pleaded not guilty to one felony count of police officer-assaulting/resisting/obstructing, one felony count of police officer-fleeing-fourth degree, one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated, one felony count of open alcohol container in vehicle, and one misdemeanor count of failing to use due care when passing stationary emergency vehicle.

One misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana, and a second or subsequent offense notice which would enhance that charge to a felony, were dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion, as Stroud has a valid medical marijuana card.

Stroud waived his right to a preliminary examination and was bound over to the circuit court level.

The charges stem from a June 6 incident on U.S. 141 near Grandahl Road in Crystal Falls.

Stroud allegedly failed to exhibit due care and caution upon approaching and passing a stationary emergency vehicle.

Stroud was taken into custody after allegedly attempting to flee from a Michigan State Police trooper who initiated a traffic stop on his vehicle, according to the criminal complaint in the case.

The complaint further alleges that Stroud had a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit at the time of his arrest.