Laurium man pleads guilty to charges from police chase

A Houghton County man scheduled to go to trial today for his role in an April high-speed police chase has pleaded guilty instead.

As part of his deal, Travis Kuopus, 26, admitted to third-degree fleeing and eluding police and attempted stalking. Three other charges, include aggravated stalking and obstructing, resisting or assaulting a police officer, were dropped.

Police say Kuopus’s charges stem from a domestic incident at the Houghton Walmart store in April, after which he allegedly hit a vehicle and then fled the scene. The two-day chase led officers through Houghton on M-26 to Dollar Bay. Kuopus was eventually arrested at his home in Laurium.

He now awaits his sentencing, which is scheduled for August 27th in Houghton County Circuit Court.