Felony Warrant Issued For Saugatuck Artist Lesa Werme
An open felony warrant has been issued for the arrest of Saugatuck resident and single mother Lesa Werme, local authorities and county court officials say.
The warrant was issued by the Allegan County Prosecutor’s office on March 16, stemming from three charges, including two felony counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer and one count of disturbing the peace, stemming from an incident that occurred on November 21, 2015, say county officials.
“She has not turned herself in,” Allegan County 57th District Court Administrator Linda Lenahan told The Local Observer Wednesday.
Saugatuck-Douglas Police Chief Ken Giles, whose department is the arresting agency, said the same thing. “We tried to take care of it, but she is keeping a very low profile. I haven’t seen her although her attorney was told to tell her to turn herself in.”
He said his department has gone to her home but not found her.
“If she gets stopped by local enforcement—or any county or state authority for that matter—she will get arrested,” he added.
Records from the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office shows Werme as having been arrested on Nov. 22, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. Giles said he could not discuss the alleged resisting and obstructing incident related to the arrest because “it’s still an open case.”
The district court office indicated that the original charge filed against Werme—from the November 21, 2015 encounter with officers from the Saugatuck-Douglas Police Department—was “attempted resisting and obstructing.”
However, the district court later dismissed the case on February 12, 2016 and filed a new case of, not attempted, but simply “resisting and obstructing,” now increasing the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Giles did offer the following: “I met with with the prosecutor (Allegan County Prosecutor Fred Anderson) and her attorney. She was offered a plea deal (on the attempted resisting and obstructing) but she refused it so the prosecutor reissued the resisting and obstructing (this time not as attempted).”
Anderson was unavailable to comment about the matter on Wednesday.