High speed chase reaches 105 mph
An officer was driving on Adams Road east of Bender Road in Thornapple Township at 9:19 p.m. Dec. 23, when a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction passed the officer at a high rate of speed. The officer activated his emergency lights and chased after the vehicle, which was traveling at speeds up to 105 mph. When the officer caught up to the vehicle, the driver, 18, of Middleville, pulled over. The driver said he tried to get away because he did not want a speeding ticket, but “admitted it was a poor choice.” The officer also found a bag of marijuana in the center console, and cited the driver for minor in possession of marijuana and fleeing and eluding.
Meth involved in domestic violence
A 35-year-old Hastings woman told police that her boyfriend had hit her multiple times while they were in his vehicle at 8:42 a.m. Dec. 24. The woman said she and her boyfriend, 58, of Hastings, had been doing meth and got into an argument in his truck. When they arrived at their home in the 300 block of Willitts Road in Carlton Township, the woman went to the neighbors and called the police. The man fled the scene before officers arrived. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.
Two assailants break into man's house, hit him with truck
A 28-year-old man said he answered a knock at the door when two men broke in and assaulted him at 1:14 p.m. Dec. 28, in the 15000 block of Doster Road. The man said, when he got to the door it was kicked open, and two men, one 34, of Kalamazoo, and one 32, of Otsego, pushed him over his couch and punched him. The man said the assailants had come there to get a woman who was at his house; her age was not given. He said she had two black eyes from a self-inflicted injury, but the assailants believed he was the cause of her injuries and they wanted her to leave with them. The man said he grabbed a knife and the assailants got back in their truck. When he followed them outside, they drove their truck into him. The assailants could not be located. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.
Wine and credit card stolen from church
A Zion Lutheran Church employee called police at 8:42 a.m. Dec. 19 to report a break-in at the church in Woodland. Police found the main doors had been pried open, and doors and cupboards throughout the church were open. The only items believed to have been stolen were a credit card and three bottles of wine. The credit card was deactivated before any transactions were made. The case is inactive without any suspects.
$1,700 in tools stolen from garage
A 64-year-old man called police at 8:24 a.m. Dec. 23 to report a break-in at his barn in the 5000 block of Saddlebag Lake Road in Woodland Township. The lock had been cut and $1,700 in tools, including a chainsaw, grinders, irrigation pump and more had been stolen. The case is inactive pending further information.
Crack cocaine found in jail cell
Corrections officers found 0.7 grams of crack cocaine in an oatmeal bar wrapper in a jail cell during a search at 3 p.m. Nov. 12. A 58-year-old Big Rapids inmate admitted it was his. He told police that he was supposed to deliver it when he had been arrested.
Woman admits to drinking and smoking marijuana before driving
Police received a tip about a vehicle weaving across the road and tailgating drivers near Middleville at 6:51 p.m. Dec. 29. An officer stopped the driver, a 32-year-old Freeport woman, who admitted to smoking marijuana that morning, but initially said she had not been drinking. Later she admitted to drinking two full Solo cups of Jack and Coke, and a bottle of whiskey was found in the driver's door pocket. The woman refused to take a Breathalyzer, although she failed several field sobriety tests. When asked to pick a number between 17 and 19, she chose “five.” She was arrested