Homeless man pleads guilty to stealing vehicle

Charles Frederick Johnston, 20

A homeless man pled guilty to a number of charges in Delta County Circuit Court in connection to allegedly stealing a vehicle.

In a plea agreement, Charles Johnston, 20, pled guilty to unlawful driving away as a habitual offender, second offense.

One charge of larceny less than $200 was dropped.

In a second case, Johnston pled guilty as a habitual offender, second offense to both fourth degree fleeing/eluding and OWI.

Third degree fleeing/eluding, OWI second offense, and driving with a suspended license were all dropped.

Johnston was arrested by the Escanaba Department of Public Safety in November after a report of a stolen vehicle from the parking lot of Elmer’s Country Market in Escanaba.

The vehicle was spotted in Gladstone, and Johnston allegedly fled the scene on foot before being arrested by Gladstone Public Safety Officers.

Johnston will be sentenced February 21.