In the 33rd Circuit Court in Charlevoix this morning, Edwin Allen Harris, 49, of Pullman, Michigan was sentenced to serve 20 to 60 months in prison. Harris had pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated, third offense, and attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer on October 13, 2017.
The charges arose out of an incident that occurred on Beaver Island on August 19, 2017 when, according to police reports, after a night of drinking, Harris took a car that did not belong to him. Police were notified and a sheriff’s deputy located the vehicle.
Harris drove away from the officer at speeds of 60 to 70 miles per hour, before eventually putting the vehicle into a ditch, where he was apprehended. Harris’ preliminary blood alcohol level was .151, nearly twice the legal limit, and a subsequent blood test showed a result of .187.
Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof asked the court to issue the prison sentence arguing that Harris presents a continuing danger to the public, having three prior convictions for driving under the influence as well as a conviction for negligent homicide with a vehicle. Telgenhof noted that Harris had been sent to prison on five prior occasions yet continued to break the law.