New judge needed for IR man accused of fleeing police


IRON MOUNTAIN — A new judge will be appointed to preside over the case of an Iron River man accused of attempting to run from police investigating two underage drinking parties in Sagola Township.

Both Dickinson County Circuit Court judges, Christopher Ninomiya and Mary Barglind, disqualified themselves from hearing 22-year-old Tyler Roy Polich’s case because they regularly work with his father, attorney Roy Polich, circuit court officials said.

Polich will next be in court Aug. 6 for a pre-trial conference on three counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer, a two-year felony; lying to a peace officer, a one-year misdemeanor; and a habitual offender-third status, which increases the maximum penalty on each felony to four years.

Dickinson County deputies investigating a party June 20 caught Polich trying to climb out of a window, so they pushed him back inside and told him to report to another deputy on the deck of the residence, according to the criminal complaint.

Polich instead reportedly jumped out another window, but a deputy eventually was able to grab him and take him to the ground after a foot chase, the complaint states.

During the arrest, Polich reportedly gave deputies a false name and age, according to the complaint, but later admitted his real identity when a corrections officer at the jail recognized him.

Just a few days later on June 23, deputies claim they again found Polich at an underage drinking party in Sagola Township, where he ran into the woods and ignored deputies’ commands, the complaint states.