STANTON — A Greenville man was sentenced to jail time after leading police on a chase through a residential area and then running away — leaving his toddler behind in the car.
Anthony Wiles, 29, was charged with fourth-degree fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing a police officer and driving with a suspended license. He pleaded guilty to the latter two charges.
According to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Michael Pousak, an officer was in the area of Washington and Maplewood streets the afternoon of May 27 when the officer observed Wiles driving. The officer knew Wiles’ driver’s license was suspended. Wiles also had several warrants out for his arrest.
The officer stopped Wiles near Veterans Park and informed Wiles he was going to be arrested. The officer said he would make arrangements to have someone pick up Wiles’ 2-year-old son, who was in the vehicle in a car seat. Wiles wanted to drive his child home and, when the officer refused, Wiles drove away.
The officer followed Wiles with emergency lights and siren activated as Wiles drove on Luray Street to Orange Street and then onto Baldwin Street to Montcalm Street at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour through the residential area before pulling into his driveway, exiting the vehicle and running away. He left his child inside the car.
Wiles was arrested without incident after a brief foot pursuit by the officer.
“Mr. Wiles is his own worst enemy,” defense attorney Thomas Wilson told Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger at Wiles’ sentencing Thursday, Sept. 20, in 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Stanton.
Wiles has been in the Montcalm County Jail in Stanton since the incident four months ago. He read a statement to the judge before he was sentenced and apologized to his family and the Greenville Department of Public Safety.
“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Wiles said. “I’ve been addicted to drugs since I was 13. My children are my world. My family and my children mean everything to me.”
Wiles requested extended probation instead of jail time so he could work for his father and see his son and daughter.
“It’s a battle to take back your freedom because you really are a slave at this point in time,” Kreeger observed.
Kreeger sentenced Wiles to jail time, but gave him a slight reduction — eight months with credit for time already served instead of the recommended nine months. Wiles must also serve three years probation.