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Patrol car damaged in fleeing incident

August 14, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

NEGAUNEE - Two suspects are in custody after allegedly ramming a Negaunee City Police Department vehicle with their own in an attempt to escape arrest.

According to Negaunee police, the Ishpeming Police Department had issued a be-on-the-lookout alert for a black Jeep Grand Cherokee with Wisconsin registration that was involved in an attempted larceny from a motor vehicle and garage at about 11:15 p.m. Monday. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Manitowoc, Wis., on Saturday.

The vehicle was located at a Negaunee gas station by an off-duty Ishpeming police officer, who radioed in its location.

When Negaunee police officers pulled up behind the suspect vehicle, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and allegedly rammed the Negaunee police vehicle several times in an attempt to flee. Both the driver and the passenger were removed from the vehicle by police, with the driver arrested for unlawful driving away of an automobile, resisting and obstructing a police officer and driving on a suspended license. The passenger was also arrested for UDAA. Names are being withheld pending arraignment.

The two suspects had met in the store's parking lot with several other subjects in two additional vehicles. Contact with those subjects resulted in several minor in possession of alcohol citations and one arrest for driving on a suspended license.

Assisting at the scene were the Ishpeming police, Marquette County Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police and the Marquette City Police Department's K-9 unit.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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