Michigan Man Runs Over Ducklings And Faces Felony Charge
ANN ARBOR, Michigan ~ (AnnArbor.com) ~ A man reported to have run over four ducklings with a Hummer has been charged with a felony crime.
19-year-old Dillon Robert Pearce, of Ann Arbor, was arraigned on the afternoon of April 26th at the Washteaw County Jail on a charge of killing an animal. Ann Arbor Police say he deliberately ran over the birds while picking up food at a McDonald's restaurant around 6:00pm on April 25th. The police report said Dillon was stopped at the drive-thru when one of his friends got out of the vehicle and tried to pick up one of the ducklings. A duck with at least eight chicks was walking through the parking lot. Employees at the McDonald's told the man to stop.
The friend got back in the Hummer and Dillon drove into an adjacent lot, where the men spent about 15 minutes eating their food. Witnesses told police the Hummer then returned to the restaurant lot and ran over four of the ducklings, then drove away without stopping. Police caught up with Pearce at a nearby gas station, and was arrested after police interviewed all three men in the Hummer.
At his arraignment Pearce told Magistrate Thomas Truesdell that he planned to hire a private attorney. Truesdell set bond at $5000, with the right to post 10 percent. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 4. If convicted of the felony charge, Pearce faces up to four years in prison.
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