Man charged after flying under police radar for two days

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. – A Mattawan man was arrested after escaping from police during a traffic stop Saturday evening and eventually being found Monday night, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office reported.

On February 27 at 5:45 p.m., a K-9 deputy was on patrol in Bloomingdale Village when the deputy reported seeing a man with multiple outstanding warrants driving a Ford pickup truck, officials said.

The K-9 deputy tried to make a traffic stop and the suspect allegedly drove off in the truck, reports said.

The suspect drove through a park and began a chase with the deputy, officials reported.

The suspect drove through county roads in Bloomingdale and Columbia Townships until the chase ended about 30 minutes later, reports said.

The investigation into the suspect continued until deputies found the suspect at a residence in Almena Township on March 1 at 10:20 p.m.

The suspect was in a vehicle in the driveway and allegedly briefly tried to escape from police before he was arrested, officials said.

Deputies initially found a large amount of methamphetamine in his possession, officials reported.

Deputies later got a search warrant for the residence and found more narcotics and paraphernalia on the property, reports said.

The 26-year-old suspect is facing the following charges, according to police reports:

Fleeing and eluding police

Resisting and obstructing police

Possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine

Smuggling contraband into jail

Warrant arrest

This investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the incident can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at 269-657-3101 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-7867.

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