Motorist pleads no contest in accident

ESCANABA – An Escanaba motorist, accused of seriously injuring a Perronville man in an accident last year, pleaded no contest to a five-year felony. The plea was made in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Joshua James Johnson, 31, will be sentenced on March 13 for driving without a valid license causing serious injury. He was arrested following a two-vehicle accident on North Lincoln Road near Bay College on Dec. 3 when two people were injured.

Johnson was driving north on the highway when his 2006 P.T. Cruiser left the road, drove into the center median, went airborne, and collided into the driver’s side of a Jeep waiting at a cut-across, according to Escanaba Public Safety. The crash occurred shortly after 1 p.m.

The driver of the Jeep, Marc Allen Sundquist, 54, of Perronville, and a passenger, his daughter Karleigh Sundquist, 18, were transported by ambulance to OSF St. Francis Hospital where they were treated for injuries.

Marc Sundquist sustained several fractures in his leg, suffered a traumatic brain injury the following day, and lost the use of a limb, said Judge Stephen Davis, reading details of the police report.

In exchange for Tuesday’s no contest plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss a second charge of operating a motor vehicle without insurance. The prosecution also agreed to not pursue other charges which could arise from lab results.

The charge of operating a motor vehicle while a license is suspended, revoked or denied causing serious injury, carries a maximum sentencing of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Johnson remains lodged in Delta County Jail in lieu of a $7,500 cash bond.