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Harbor Springs man arrested following chase

MACKINAC COUNTY — A Harbor Springs man was arrested on Thursday after allegedly dragging a Michigan State Police sergeant with his vehicle.

The MSP reported that at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Alger County Sheriff’s Office was in pursuit of a reckless driver in a white Chevrolet Tahoe with Iowa registration. The pursuit was terminated and a be-on-the-lookout issued for area units.

A short time later, the suspect vehicle drove into the parking lot of the MSP St. Ignace Post. A sergeant from the post attempted to contact the driver and he fled at a high rate of speed. The sergeant pursued the suspect in his patrol vehicle, and caught up with him as he was stopped at the Mackinac Bridge toll booth where the sergeant blocked in the driver with his patrol vehicle.

The suspect refused to turn off the vehicle when ordered. The sergeant reached into the vehicle to turn it off and the suspect put the vehicle in reverse, dragging the sergeant and striking two other vehicles. The suspect vehicle then busted through the toll booth and fled south on I-75.

Several agencies assisted during the pursuit, which ended in Resort Township in Emmet County after the suspect eluded officers in Petoskey. Officers from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Police Department located the suspect vehicle abandoned on Resort Pike Road near Sheridan Road.

Additional law enforcement officers arrived, and the MSP set up a perimeter in the area. MSP K9s and emergency support personnel began to search the area with the assistance of troopers from the region. A helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City and the MSP Aviation Unit responded to help search for the suspect.

During the investigation, a 47-year-old man from downstate Harbor Springs was developed as a suspect. He was located at a condominium in Harbor Springs at 6:30 a.m. Thursday by the MSP Fugitive Team. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Mackinac County Jail, facing numerous felony charges.

The sergeant was treated at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey for non-life-threatening injuries. He was released and is expected to make a full recovery.

The MSP was assisted by the Mackinaw City Police Department, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, Petoskey Department of Public Safety, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Police Department, Boyne City Police Department and Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office.

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