"Reckless" Driver Charged in Jackson County

By: Lori Dougovito Email
By: Lori Dougovito Email

Phillip Alexander, 29, was charged with nine counts, seven of which are felonies. Alexander was arraigned by video, so nervous, he says, he couldn't even remember his address when asked for it.

Investigators say Alexander, who is from Detroit, intentionally hit vehicles in Jackson and Ingham Counties Sunday morning when they wouldn't move out of his way.

Along I-94 and U.S. 127, in Jackson County, police say he hit four vehicles. Seven people were in those vehicles, but no one was seriously injured. Alexander is charged with seven counts of felonious assault with a vehicle and two misdemeanors, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Alexander, admittedly, has been behind bars before. He said, at his arraignment, he was just released from prison in April. He says he was in prison for assaulting a police officer. Alexander says his drivers license has been suspended since 1997.

Mark Blumer, Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Jackson County, says, "His driving record is outrageous, that's the only way to explain it. It stretches four feet long."

Alexander has not been charged in Ingham County yet. He will be arraigned on three counts of felonious assault and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.


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