Christopher Milan Kroll, 40, Charlevoix, was sentenced yesterday to 16 to 24 months in prison by Judge Roy C. Hayes III in the 33rd Circuit Court.
Kroll had pleaded guilty on April 9 to two counts of resisting and obstructing police officers and operating while impaired.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, on December 16, 2017, Charlevoix City Police Officer James Schlappi observed a vehicle traveling on Petoskey Avenue driving erratically and clocked at 68 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Schlappi pulled the vehicle over and encountered the driver, later identified as Kroll, who smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. Kroll refused to take field sobriety tests or a preliminary breath test.
Kroll was arrested and attempted to keep the patrol car door from being closed and removed one of the handcuffs from his wrist. Once at the Charlevoix County Jail, Kroll struggled with, bit and spit upon corrections officers and physically prevented his blood from being drawn at the hospital despite a search warrant.
While this case was pending, Kroll failed to appear for a scheduled court appearance and left the jurisdiction. He was arrested in Kent County on multiple felony charges and sentenced to prison there on December 4, 2018.
Kroll has pending charges in Charlevoix County for absconding while on bond, possession of marijuana, driving while license suspended and having an open intoxicant in a vehicle. Prosecutors are seeking to add charges for possession of heroin and cocaine.
The sentence given Kroll was the maximum sentence that could be given by the court on a resisting and obstructing charge. All three of Kroll’s sentences will run concurrently.
“This Defendant had seven prior misdemeanors and 19 prior felony convictions,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “He placed officers and hospital personnel at risk. I was glad that the court focused on safety of the public in fashioning a sentence that will protect the people of this county.”
“We filed the absconding charge because people cannot just leave while on bond, commit more crimes and not have any consequence.”