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Man leads police on chase


A 20-year-old Grant Township man is facing several charges after he tried to flee police last week.

According to Newaygo County Sheriff Patrick Hedlund, Sheriff deputies were assisting Michigan Department of Corrections probation/parole agents, in a check on a probationer at his residence in Grant Township, at about 11:45 a.m. May 18. As deputies approached the residence, the 20-year-old suspect fled in a vehicle. Deputies tried to stop the pickup truck the man was driving but he sped away, followed by police.

The pursuit ended in Kent County, in the area of 20 Mile Road and Red Pine Avenue, when the suspect tried to turn into a field and crashed his vehicle. He then surrendered and was taken into custody without incident.

The man, identified as Kenneth Charles Nelson, was arrested for violation of probation, fleeing and eluding police, driving on revoked license and possession of methamphetamine.

Newaygo County Sheriff Pat Hedlund said no one was injured and the pursuit ended in a few minutes. “This is yet another testimony to the professionalism and training of our police officers today,” Hedlund said. “This guy wasn’t going anywhere except straight to jail. I don’t know what he was thinking.”

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