Stanton man pleads guilty to car theft


By Daily News • Last Updated 11:12 am on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

James Whitney

STANTON — A Stanton man is facing prison time after pleading guilty to stealing a vehicle.

James Whitney, 30, was charged with unlawfully driving away an automobile (UDAA), leaving the scene of an accident and driving while license suspended. He pleaded guilty Monday in 64B District Court to UDAA — a five-year prison felony — and driving while license suspended.

Deputies from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office arrested Whitney on April 6 after receiving a call at 5:07 a.m. about a property damage accident on Holland Lake Road near Wicker Road in Evergreen Township.

While investigating, deputies received information about a 2000 Chevrolet Prizm that was stolen from the 3600 block of Pine Trail Drive near the crash scene.

The owner of the vehicle involved in the crash stated he was not driving, but did identify who the driver was.

Deputies were assisted by Michigan State Police troopers to follow up on the driver and locate the stolen vehicle.

Whitney was located, arrested and treated for minor injuries sustained from the crash.

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