Deputies Chase Drunk South Haven Man

Posted at 5:11 PM, Aug 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-11 17:22:08-04

police-lightsGENEVA TOWNSHIP, Mich- A 43-year-old South Haven man is in jail tonight after a chase involving Van Buren County Deputies in Geneva Township Saturday Night.  According to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department, Deputies were on patrol in the area of the 7000 block of 68th street and a vehicle was witnessed going north bound.  The driver of the vehicle was not wearing a safety belt and as it passed the patrol car, the vehicle ran off the roadway in to the gravel shoulder before correcting and continuing on.

Deputies turned their the patrol car around and began to follow the vehicle. When Deputies caught up to the vehicle, they realized it had accelerated at an extremely high rate of speed. When the vehicle turned east bound on CR388,  it pulled out in front of another vehicle. Deputies activated the overhead lights and witnessed the suspect then nearly rear end another vehicle.  The suspect then pulled into his own driveway, in the 67000 block of of CR 388, and exited the vehicle and ran behind the residence.  Deputies gave chase on foot and pursued the suspect behind the house and into an adjacent yard.  The suspect was then caught and taken into custody.

The suspect is on Federal Probation, he was also under the influence of alcohol with open containers in his vehicle. He also had a suspended license with numerous prior offenses. The suspect is locked up in the Van Buren County Jail.