Second Michigan man accused of leading officers on multi-state chase pleads not guilty

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A second Michigan man who police say led them on a multi-state chase pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in Washington County on March 29, according to court documents.

Corey Robert Mercier, 21, pleaded not guilty on Friday to criminal possession of explosives and fleeing charges.

He and Trenton Johnson, 21, were arrested on Feb. 7 after Tontitown police say the two men led officers on a chase through Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas.

According to a press release from Tontitown police, multiple officers assisted outside agencies with a high-speed pursuit as it neared Tontitown.

A Tontitown officer, later identified as Chief Corey Jenison, performed a tactical vehicle intervention (TVI), which ended the chase.

Michigan man accused leading officers on multi-state chase pleads not guilty

Speeds during the pursuit exceeded 120 mph, according to TPD.

Officers found firearms and improvised flammable devices, commonly called “Molotov cocktails,” inside the allegedly stolen U-Haul van following the chase, according to the release.

Mercier and Johnson were arrested and taken to the Benton County Jail. Trenton Johnson pleaded not guilty on March 18 in Washington County Court.

Mercier has a trial date scheduled for November 20. Johnson’s trial date is set for November 4.

To read the full story on the pursuit, click here.

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