By Pat Maurer
A Midland deputy’s attempted traffic stop early Wednesday morning led to a high speed chase and five arrests including a Clare man and a Coleman woman.
The pursuit started in Jerome Township near M-30 when the deputy attempted to stop the Ford Ranger for a moving violation. The driver pulled over but then fled north on M-30 reaching speeds near 90 miles per hour at times, a release from the Midland County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The pursuit led to West Curtis Road, onto Water Road and into the Weeping Willow subdivision.
A spike strip flattened the truck’s tires and soon after the driver, a 23-year-old Lee Township man lost control and went into a ditch.
He was arrested for fleeing and eluding, driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana and on outstanding warrants.
A 27-year-old Clare man, a passenger in the Ranger, was also arrested on outstanding warrants and for possession of methamphetamine. A Lee Township woman, 27, was also a passenger in the truck and was released.
When deputies took the woman to a residence in Edenville Township on Water Road to drop her off, a Saginaw man, 35, ran from the home. He was later found and arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
While deputies were at that scene, they reportedly saw items used to manufacture meth and obtained a search warrant for the home. BAYANET (The Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team) and the Michigan State Police Emergency Services Team assisted deputies in the search, which led to the arrest of a 22-year-old Sanford man and a 54-year-old Coleman woman for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
No names have been released pending arraignments of the suspects.