Charges stack up against suspect in 2-county chase

April 23, 2015


By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — The suspect in a high-speed chase Saturday, April 18, that began in Shelby and ended in Holton is now being charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, which is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and two counts of felonious assault, Oceana County Prosecutor Joe Bizon said Thursday, April 23.

James Darin Grabinski, 37, of Pentwater, remains lodged in the Oceana County Jail. He was arraigned earlier in 78th District Court on two felony counts of third-degree fleeing and eluding and carrying a concealed weapon, both of which are punishable by up to five years in prison. Felonious assault carries a four-year maximum sentence. His habitual offender status increases the maximum penalties for his alleged offenses.

In additional to his long list of charges, more charges may be forthcoming, the prosecutor said.

Police were dispatched to a felonious assault investigation in which Grabinski allegedly threatened to cut the victim’s throat with a knife at a residence in the 4500 block of S. 144th Avenue in Ferry Township Saturday at 1:30 p.m., stated Lt. Craig Mast of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office. Grabinski allegedly had fled the residence, and police were notified that he was going to attempt to further assault the victim at Mercy Health Lakeshore Campus in Shelby, where she was receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the assault.

An officer from the Shelby Police Department located Grabinski at the hospital, where a lengthy chase ensued involving OCSO, the Hart post of the Michigan State Police, the Department of Natural Resources, the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office and the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office. Grabinski was eventually apprehended in Holton where he was arrested on outstanding warrants, including failure to pay child support.

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