A high-speed chase with police ended in the arrest of a 31-year-old Schoolcraft man, according to officers. Michigan State Police arrested the man following a prolonged chase involving two separate state troopers. The man will face OWI/DUI charges as well as fleeing and eluding, and several additional related charges as well.
According to the MSP, a state trooper attempted to pull the man over for reasons that were not elaborated upon in the report. The man then fled the scene in his vehicle, trailed closely by the officer. However, the man allegedly reached speeds of over 100 mph, forcing the trooper to break off pursuit for the safety of other motorists.
A second trooper spotted the vehicle and continued the chase, whereupon the suspect lost control of his vehicle north of Three Rivers. The vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest, at which point the driver is said to have attempted to flee on foot before being tracked down by K-9 units. He was allegedly found hiding in a field and was arrested. At last report, he was being held at a local jail.
No matter how unusual, OWI/DUI cases are often challenging to prosecute. Michigan prosecutors will have to prove the man was drunk at the time of the chase, which may prove difficult given the amount of time that may have passed before a blood alcohol test could be taken. While the other charges may be more difficult to fight, criminal defense representation will likely review any evidence prosecutors intend to offer in support of the charges to identify potential legal challenges to make in court.
Source: wtvbam.com, "Man arrested after St Joseph County high speed chase", Ken Delaney, Sept. 18, 2017