Suspect charged in connection with Ingham Co. deputy death has lengthy criminal record

Posted at 6:09 PM, Dec 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-15 18:09:16-05

INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. — The suspect charged in connection with the death of an Ingham County deputy has a lengthy criminal record that includes fleeing from police and drinking and driving.

On Monday, law enforcement officials identified the suspect as John Kelsey, 34. He’s being charged with first-degree fleeing and eluding causing death and operating a vehicle while suspended or revoked causing death.

FOX 17 pulled Kelsey’s record, which dates back to a 1997 misdemeanor drug charge for marijuana.

In the years to follow his record is filled with more serious offenses. In 1998, he was charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer. The crime got him put on probation for one year.

Then, in 2000, Kelsey had multiple charges added to his record that stemmed from one incident. They include a felony for running from the police. Kelsey was also caught with a controlled substance on him at the time, which tacked on another felony.

He was also caught drinking and driving while on a suspended license during that incident.

In 2004, Kelsey was hit with another marijuana charge, which was also a felony.

While Kelsey seemed to stay out of trouble for a few years, more charges came in 2010, when he was caught driving on a suspended license again.

FOX 17 also looked into Kelsey’s driving record.  He has 17 citations, most of them are for speeding. He was also caught driving on a suspended license several times. There are also some drug and alcohol related incidents on his record, in addition to an accident that he was found at fault for.