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Parchment school official cops a plea


PARCHMENT (WKZO) -- Parchment Athletic Director John Thompson has avoided a felony conviction, cutting a deal with Kalamazoo County Prosecutors, and agreeing to plead to a pair of misdemeanors instead.

His retrial was set for the end of this month after a jury was deadlocked on the felony charge of fleeing police he originally faced, but found him guilty on 3 misdemeanors.

He was arrested by Richland police after a high speed chase that lasted several miles last April.He used the unique defense that he was so drunk, that he was not aware that he was being chased.

The difference in the charges could be the difference between Thompson keeping and losing his teaching certificate.

He will be sentenced on all the charges on December 3rd.