KOSCIUSKO — A Syracuse man was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court today, March 11, to six years at the Indiana Department of Corrections, with two years suspended on formal probation, after fleeing from officers while having methamphetamine in his vehicle.
Michael Lee Manges, 33, 6847 E. CR 1120N, Syracuse, was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a level 4 felony; and resisting law enforcement, a level 6 felony.
On July 29, 2018, an officer with the Syracuse Police Department observed Manges operating a vehicle. The officer had knowledge that Manges’ driver’s license was suspended.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, when the officer activated his vehicle’s emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop, Manges’ vehicle accelerated southbound on SR 13. The officer observed Manges throwing items from his vehicle while driving down the road.
Manges then turned into a driveway and jumped out of his vehicle, dropping items and running westbound. Officers apprehended Manges and conducted a search of the vehicle. Upon searching, officers discovered a plastic bag containing methamphetamine that weighed eight grams.
Manges admitted to throwing a container that had methamphetamine residue in it out of his vehicle during the pursuit.
Defense Attorney Doug Lemon suggested that Manges complete the Recovery While Incarcerated program while serving his sentence.
“He’s really been reflecting on himself and adjusting his attitudes during his incarceration,” said Lemon. “He’s made a very thoughtful assessment of himself and is very determined to stay on the path of sobriety.”
“I just want to apologize to the community and my family for my actions,” said Manges. “I’ve been participating in treatment programs while in Elkhart County, and I’m going to continue treatment.”
Judge Michael Reed sentenced Manges to four years in the Indiana Department of Corrections for dealing in methamphetamine and two years at the Department of Corrections for resisting law enforcement. A possession of methamphetamine charge and two counts of possession of marijuana were dismissed at Manges’ plea hearing.
Two years of Manges’ sentence was suspended on formal probation. His remaining sentence will be served consecutive to two other cases. Manges’ driver’s license was also suspended for one year.
“Go down to the DOC and work hard,” said Reed.