Man who fled police wants new lawyer

A 46-year-old Stratford man who led Loyal and Spencer police on a high-speed chase last Christmas Eve has fired his public defender and court proceedings in his case will be delayed until he is given a new one.
Eric Sutton was scheduled to accept a plea deal and be sentenced on July 14 in Clark County Circuit Court, but instead asked the judge for a new attorney. His request was granted, and a status conference in his case was set for Sept. 8.
Sutton was charged with a seventh offense of operating a vehicle while intoxicated along with multiple other charges after he fled Loyal police on Dec. 24. The chase went into Spencer, where more officers helped to pull over the car Sutton was driving. He then sped off again, and was ultimately caught after he crashed his car on Highway 13 north of Spencer. He had a gun in the car, and was also charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon.
The court scheduled a plea/sentencing hearing for July 14, and Clark County District Attorney Kerra Stumbris said Sutton had tentatively agreed to a plea deal. However, she said, he changed his mind at the last minute.

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