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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Police Officer Charged in Gas Station Drive-Off

Lansing police officer charged in gas station drive-off
The Lansing State Journal by Kevin Grasha - December 30, 2010

CHARLOTTE, MI - A Lansing police officer faces a misdemeanor charge after authorities say he intentionally drove off from a Potterville gas station without paying for gas and two bottles of wine. Jerry Blow, 43, is charged with false pretenses less than $200 in connection with an incident earlier this month at the Shell gas station and food mart on East Lansing Road, just off Interstate 69. Authorities say Blow went to the counter to pay for two bottles of wine and about $45 in gas. He allegedly told the clerk he had to go to his vehicle to get the money. He then drove off, authorities said. The incident happened at about 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 4, said Eaton County Undersheriff Fred McPhail. Blow was arraigned on the charge Dec. 17. There is no record of an arrest, and it appears Blow turned himself in at the arraignment, McPhail said. Blow faces up to 93 days in jail and/or $500 in fines, said Eaton County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Douglas Lloyd. A pretrial hearing is set for next month in Eaton County District Court. Blow is on paid administrative leave, according to Lansing Interim Police Chief Teresa Szymanski. KEVIN GRASHA • KGRASHA@LSJ.COM

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