A tank of stolen gasoline led to hours on the lam, an attempt at a bicycle escape and a chase through woods and fields before a Detroit-area man surrendered Tuesday afternoon.
The 26-year-old Taylor man, who has an extensive criminal record, is expected to be arraigned in Isabella County Trial Court today after his arrest at about 1:55 p.m. Tuesday for resisting and obstructing police, and for absconding parole.
Isabella County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Woodward began searching for the man at about 8 p.m. Monday after being called to a Fremont Township gasoline station, where the man is alleged to have stolen $73 in fuel before crashing an older model Dodge Caravan into trees on the southwest corner of Fremont and Winn roads later Monday night.
Woodward, along with Fremont Township and Deerfield Township firefighters, searched for the man for nearly two hours Monday night after linking the van to a friend of the suspect, a woman living in the 10000 block of South Gilmore Road, Sgt. Dale Heugel said.
A 16-year-old boy, who police believe was with the man, was found at the woman’s house and ticketed for being a minor in possession of alcohol, Heugel said.
After calling off the search, which included a call to Isabella County Central Dispatch to notify emergency room workers at Central Michigan Community Hospital, deputies continued looking for the suspect while on routine patrol Tuesday.
Deputy Scott Clarke spotted the suspect on a bicycle on West Fremont Road west of South Winn Road at about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday; when Clarke approached the man and asked for identification, he fled on foot into a wooded area, where the deputy followed and called for more officers, Heugel said.
Tuesday’s search for the man included a square mile area of woods, farm fields and a swamp near South Gilmore and West Coe roads, Heugel said.
As more officers arrived, including Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police dog handler Derek Williams and the department’s German shepherd, Erak, they narrowed the search, tracking the suspect to a large cornfield at the northeast corner of Gilmore and Coe roads, Heugel said.
Five sheriff’s officers – Clarke, Woodward, Jonathon Straus, Scott Clark and Heugel, along with Shepherd Police Chief Tony Hagen and Williams – surrounded the cornfield and began closing in on the man at about 1:30 p.m.
Hagen spotted the man at about 1:55 p.m. and officers surrounded him, arresting him a few minutes later.
The suspect, who is not being named until he is arraigned, absconded from parole last month from the Wayne County/Lincoln Park area, according to Michigan Department of Corrections records.
He is on parole after serving time for a second-degree home invasion conviction in Wayne County, according to MDOC records.
He has also been convicted 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, according to MDOC records.
Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said police will seek additional warrants from Prosecutor Larry Burdick for larceny of gasoline, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident.
I posted thi up here bc this is a guy that i used to have a HUGE crush on through my childhood years. Thank god he only dated trash lol i got rejected all the time.....i guess i can thank my lucky starts on this one getting away