Polen arrested for meth, assault again

January 25, 2018

By Pat Maurer

Samuel Polen

Samuel Polen

Samuel Polen IV, one of two men found passed out in a vehicle with a mobile meth lab inside in the intersection of South Clare Avenue January 7th, was charged on January 8th in 80th District Court with operating and maintain a meth lab – 2nd offense, possession of methamphetamine – 2nd offense, use of meth – 2nd offense.

A Clare County deputy dispatched to the scene at 3:20 a.m. that Monday found two men, Polen, 38 of Harrison and Mark Caplan, 24, of Gladwin, in the vehicle. When he tried to wake up the driver, Caplan, he became “combative” until the deputy could restrain him.
Polen, who was a passenger in the vehicle got out and “ran at the deputy.” The officer was able to restrain both me until help arrived. The following investigation revealed the meth lab and components in the vehicle, a Mercury Cougar, which investigators discovered had been taken from a Harrison residence without permission.

Polen was able to post a surety bond on his $120,000/ten percent bond and was released January 11, Ambrozaitis said. He was scheduled to appear for a probable cause conference January 18 but did not appear. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police located Polen on January 19 and arrested him on the bench warrant plus additional charges of operating and maintaining a meth lab involving a firearm or harmful device – 2nd offense, operating or maintain a meth lab near a specified place – 2nd offense, soliciting another person to obtain Ephedrine/Pseudoephedrine – 2nd offense and for assault and battery.

Polen was arraigned for the second time January 22 on the new charges. Ambrozaitis said she requested a separate bond be set for the new case and that it be set at no less than $500,000 cash or surety.

Another probable cause conference and preliminary examination will be held in the next 21 days, Ambrozaitis said.

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