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Lansing party bus owner tries to 'get out of jail free'

Posted: 4:00 PM, Aug 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-24 20:00:54Z

We have new details on the Lansing party bus owner, Christopher Staggs, accused of trying to escape from jail.

He left dozens of MSU students stranded at an apple orchard in Clinton County last fall after his buses were impounded for not having insurance.

Now, Staggs allegedly tried to trick jail staff and ended up with a felony charge.

It all started on June 26 of this year when Christopher Staggs was in the Clinton County jail awaiting sentencing on a misdemeanor insurance conviction.

He handed a Corrections Officer a form indicating he was supposed to be released immediately.

The form was eventually turned over to the Magistrate the next day who noticed something a little fishy about it.

What stuck out was a signature, there was no way Judge Clarizio could've signed the form, he was on vacation.

When detectives interviewed Staggs he told them he received the form in the mail.

He later admitted to placing an x on the form where his release was granted and crossing out a section explaining his release.

Staggs says he did not talk to his lawyers about the form but felt the need to fill it out because quote " there were blanks on it."

Obviously from the escape charge filed against him authorities aren't buying that story.

Staggs is serving a year in jail on the misdemeanor insurance charge.

And he faces up to two years in prison if convicted of the felony escape charge.