School Board Member Arrested for Felonious Assault during a Repo

Lansing, MI – August 30, 2011 – When 48 year old John Joseph Conely of the  Brighton Area Schools Board saw what he believed was a man attempting to steal his truck with a tow truck,  he did what any person would do, he chased him down and rammed the tow truck across town.

Police report that Conely allegedly failed to pay for the Avalanche that he purchased from Shaheen Chevrolet in Lansing. When the dealership sent a repossessor Friday afternoon to take possession of the vehicle.

Conely’s attorney, Neal Nielsen, said Conely’s business owns the title to the Blue Chevy Avalanche and Shaheen Chevrolet has no legal right to it. Nielsen reported that the repo man never identified himself and Conely believed the Avalanche was being stolen from his Brighton car lot, Conely Auto Sales so he did what anyone would do, he called 911 while chasing the alleged thief.

According to police records, after leaving the lot, the repossessor traveled eastbound with Conely following, sometimes driving into oncoming traffic and the left-hand turn lane as he attempted to close the gap between himself and the tow truck driver.

When Conely reached the tow truck driver in the area of Woodland Lake Party store on Grand River Avenue he allegedly rammed his Red Chevy Impala into the tow truck.

Conely is free on a $5,000 personal bond for charges of felonious assault and driving recklessly.

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