By Pat Maurer Correspondent
A 54-year-old Harrison man, Robert Leathers, was arrested last Saturday after he led officers on a 15 mile vehicle chase. Undersheriff Dwayne Miedzianowski reported that they were called to assist DNR officers in the pursuit about 7:30 p.m. A DNR Conservation Officer had attempted to stop a black Jeep near the north county line. When the vehicle failed to stop, he called Sheriff’s Deputies for assistance. Officers pursued the Jeep for about 20 minutes, “sometimes at excessive speeds,” the release from Miedzianowski said.
Reportedly Leathers drove “recklessly through several subdivision areas and through the City of Harrison.” “At one point he even drove his vehicle head-on at the DNR officer, forcing him off the road,” the Undersheriff reported. Deputies were able to slow the vehicle down after they deployed stop sticks at Clare Avenue and Stockwell Road. The pursuit ended on M-61 and Sellinger Street in Harrison after the Jeep became inoperable, Miedzianowski said. Although Leathers continued to be uncooperative, Deputies were able to take him into custody. He was lodged at the Clare County Jail. The Frost Township Police Department also assisted during the incident.
Leathers’ 46-year-old wife, who was in the vehicle during the police chase, was released without incident and taken to a residence by Deputies. Leather’s bond was set at $10,000/ten percent and he bonded out of jail during the weekend. He was arraigned in 80th District Court Tuesday by Magistrate Karen Willing on the following charges: Flee and Elude, Assault/Resist/Obstruct a Police Officer, and Operating While Intoxicated/Impaired 2nd Offense. His preliminary examination was set for November 18 at 2 pm.