PONTIAC - An Ottawa man may have to go to trial instead of accepting a plea deal on robbery charges if restitution isn't calculated or agreed upon in time.
Chance Weed, 20, is facing the felony charges of robbery and aggravated fleeing along with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs and criminal trespass of a motor vehicle.
Weed was arrested in mid-January after driving away from a Dwight service station and not paying for $30 in gas. The car was spotted and police gave chase, Weed then lost control of the car and crashed head-on into a Dwight police car. He admitted using heroin that day and also admitted robbing the Pontiac Super 8 Motel, 601 S. Deerfield Road. The car he was driving had been reported stolen from Mendota.
A plea hearing was scheduled Monday, but no plea was accepted because restitution has not been determined by the State's Attorney's office. Assistant State's Attorney Scott Terry said the issue involves medical expenses for a Dwight police officer injured in the crash.
"I can tell you that it is going to be over $10,000," he said.
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Hearing that an amount has yet to be established, Weed said he wanted to wait before accepting any sort of plea deal.
Livingston County Circuit Judge Harold Frobish said Weed was entitled to a speedy trial and that medical expenses have been known to continue for years. If restitution cannot be agreed upon, the case will go trial.
Weed is currently in custody at the Livingston County Jail in lieu of posting $50,000.
His next court date is scheduled for May 29.