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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

police chase

A 26-year-old parole absconder from Wayne County eluded searchers for nearly 18 hours Monday and Tuesday before being busted in a cornfield near Winn.

The man, from downriver Taylor, was accused of driving off in an old Dodge Caravan with $73 worth of gasoline from a Fremont Township service station about 8 p.m. Monday. Deputies couldn't find him, but found the minivan crashed into trees at Winn and Fremont roads.

Then shortly after noon Tuesday, a deputy on patrol spotted the suspect riding a bicycle in the area. The man took off into the swamp nearby, but was spotted a little more than an hour later in a cornfield. Five sheriff's deputies, a Shepherd police officer and a Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police officer with a dog surrounded the man.

His name hasn't been released, but the Michigan Department of Corrections says he has a record of resisting and obstructing police, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, disarming a police officer, two counts of unlawful driving away of an automobile, two second-offense drunken drivings and two additional second-degree home invasions, all in Wayne County.

Photos by Lisa Yanick-Jonaitis, words courtesy of Mark Ranzenberger


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