Woman sentenced to jail time for fleeing police, intoxicated driving

September 26, 2018

Jessica Marie Curtin, 28, 6109 S. Brye Road, Ludington, was sentenced in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday to one year in jail with 93 days up front, 75 days credit and two years of probation on charges of controlled substance possession, fleeing police third degree and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Curtin addressed the court during sentencing, saying addiction issues were a factor in her behavior.

“I’m incredibly sorry for everything that has happened and the addiction has really taken over my life, but I am reaching out for help,” Curtin said.

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski underscored the severity of Curtin’s crimes.

“The behavior that led to those offenses is extremely serious,” Sniegowski said. “The road you have been on isn’t going to lead you anywhere good.

“There’s going to be a lot of hard work in front of you to get past this addiction and making some serious decisions in life … and realize it’s not going to be easy.”

The series of events began at 4:18 p.m. on June 30 in the Meijer parking lot on U.S. 10 in Amber Township, where Curtin hit a handicap sign and another vehicle before leaving the lot, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

A second hit-and-run crash was reported at 5:09 p.m. Saturday in the Walmart parking lot on U.S. 10 in Pere Marquette Township, where Curtin reportedly sideswiped a vehicle and left the lot, according to police.

While deputies investigated the two hit-and-run crashes, a vehicle registration and name of a possible driver — Curtin — were identified, according to police.

Police said that while a deputy was responding to an unrelated crash, the suspect’s vehicle drove through that crash scene on U.S. 31 south of U.S. 10, nearly hitting the deputy.

The deputy relayed the information on his radio and a second deputy went to the area where the suspect was believed to live. The deputy found the suspect vehicle in the 6100 block of South Brye Road in Summit Township and attempted a traffic stop when Curtin allegedly attempted to flee, police said.

While attempting to flee, Curtin drove through a yard, back onto Brye Road and down a driveway, and struck her father’s home, according to police.

No injuries were reported in the crash

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