Man Killed after he Wrecks Stolen MSP Patrol Car near Tawas City

[MDOC Photo: Phillip Everett]

TAWAS CITY, MI – On Sunday July 9th, 2017, at approximately 4:06 a.m., troopers from the West Branch Post were dispatched to the area of M-55 and Plank Road in Tawas for a report of a man driving a golf cart without headlights.

Troopers stopped the golf cart and arrested the driver, Phillip Everett, 24-years-old, of Greenbush, on suspicion of drunk driving.

While troopers were outside the patrol car securing the golf cart, Everett was able to move into the driver’s seat and drove the patrol car away at a high rate of speed.

Approximately 20 miles away, at US-23 southbound near E. Bessinger Road in Arenac County, Everett crashed the patrol car, killing himself. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

It is unknown at this time how Everett was able to gain access to the patrol car.  The entire matter remains under investigation.

Phillip Everett was out of prison on Parole at the time of the incident.  Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Everett was released from prison in May of 2017.  His crimes dated back to 2011 out of Genesee County.  His previous convictions were for:

  • Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile
  • Breaking & Entering a Building With Intent
  • Malicious Destruction of Fire or Police Property
  • Home Invasion – 3rd Degree
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