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Man suspected of hit-and-run arraigned

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BAY CITY (WJRT) -

(07/16/12) - The Bay City Fireworks draws hundreds of thousands of people to the show, and afterward, it usually creates quite a traffic jam.

Police say a Saginaw man tried to get out of the backup by driving down the sidewalk.

He hit several people and other cars before crashing into a telephone pole and running away.

On Friday, police arrested the suspect at Cedar Point in Ohio, and Monday, he was in court.

22-year-old Kason Weems was formally charged Monday afternoon in Bay County District Court on five counts by Judge Timothy Kelly.

Three of the counts are felonies and two are misdemeanors.

Weems is accused of driving his car into three people and seven cars after the Bay City Fireworks Festival on July 7.

A number of people chased him until his car crashed into a utility pole.

"It could have been a lot worse. One of the victims had indicated he's lucky that he wasn't run over, somebody said. They looked out and the car was coming and he jumped out of the way," said Bay County Prosecutor Kurt Asbury.

Judge Timothy Kelly says this isn't Weems' first encounter with the law.

"That's one of the factors the court looks at as well as what would be determined a reputation for dangerous, if you look at his criminal history, we have him carrying a concealed weapon," Kelly explained.

Asbury says he isn't sure what was going through Weems' mind when he drove the car down sidewalks that night.

"We think we've got a good case. There's a lot of folks that saw the driving and witnessed him not only running into cars but witnessed people jumping out of the way to avoid being struck and run over," he stated.

Weems is being held on a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to return to court in 14 days.

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