An Oregon-Davis teacher will serve 18 months on probation in Michigan after pleading guilty to numerous felony offenses. Eric Christopher Baierl, 31, of South Bend, was sentenced Friday in Cass Circuit Court, according to the “South Bend Tribune.” He pleaded guilty to bringing contraband into the Cass County Jail, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana and an open container violation. Baierl was also ordered to pay $1,046 in court costs.
According to the newspaper, Baierl was pulled over for speeding in downtown Cassopolis on June 21st. Officers smelled alcohol, found an open can of beer, marijuana and pills for which he did not have a prescription. While in the back of a police car, Baierl managed to get out of his handcuffs and hid some of the pills the officer had taken from him in his shoe. He later lied and told the officer he had eaten the drugs.
Baierl teaches special education at Oregon-Davis.