2015-10-01 / Courts

Police chase begins in Empire, ends at Fredrickson Road with accident

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office reported that Prescription Drug Take-back Day was a huge success as 62 pounds of discarded prescription pills that have been collected for destruction by the Drug Enforcement Agency were dropped off. The drugs were collected in a pill drop box located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office that is always open.

This report and others were supplied by the Sheriff’s Office:

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Sheriff Mike Borkovich was eating his lunch at about 12:45 p.m. on Monday at Grumpy’s Market on M-72 when someone came into the store to report a car on fire in the parking lot of West Side Community Church.

Both Borkovich and Bucky Noonan, the owner of Grumpy’s, attempted to put the fire out with extinguishers, but the car was soon totally engulfed.

The couple driving the Ford Flex vehicle reported that they had been driving down the highway when their car just started on fire.

The Cedar Fire Department responded and firefighters were able to save a camper the couple was pulling, though the car was a total loss.

The couple driving the Flex is from Hawaii and has a family vacation home on Lake Leelanau, Borkovich said.

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Two back-to-back accidents on M-72 on Friday had police and rescue personnel tied up for a couple hours.

The first two-vehicle accident, which took place at about 1:50 p.m., ended in minor injuries when a driver on Cedar Road pulled out in front of an oncoming car on M-72, Borkovich said.

The second accident took place on M-72 near Tilton Road and involved only one vehicle. According to Borkovich, a piece of debris that was in the roadway — a piece of another car — flew up and broke the vehicle’s sunroof.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

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Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a Greilickville business at about 10:40 a.m. Saturday, which reported that a red Ford Focus had been left in the parking lot.

Upon arrival to the business, located in the 13000 block of South West Bay Shore Drive in Elmwood Township, deputies found the car had extensive damage and was likely involved in a traffic crash Friday night or Saturday morning that had not been reported.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone with information about the accident, or if anyone sees parts of the car lying on the ground, to call Leelanau Dispatch at 256-8800.

Because of the vehicle’s location, a crash may have happened in Leelanau or Grand Traverse county or in Traverse City.

The case has been turned over to the Traverse City Police Department.

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A 27-year-old Traverse City woman was arrested at about 11 a.m. last Thursday, Sept. 27, after being stopped for speeding through Suttons Bay Village near North Yacht Club Drive.

After stopping the woman, who was clocked at 61 mph, the deputy learned that she had two outstanding warrants for failing to appear for court dates in Grand Traverse County.

One warrant was for driving without insurance and the other was for a truancy charge.

The woman was arrested and lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

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A deputy arrived to a report of a larceny at Manitou Medical Center in Empire just as the suspect was leaving last Thursday, Sept. 27.

The victim, an employee, had called 911 to report that some items had been taken from her purse. She also reported that the female suspect was in a white Ford Taurus that was still in the parking lot.

But the 25-year-old Traverse City woman driving the white Taurus pulled out and headed north on M-22 just as the deputy was pulling in.

A vehicle pursuit began that went on for more than a mile on M-22 and reached speeds of more than 90 mph. It ended on M-22 when the woman in the Taurus failed to negotiate a turn onto Fredrickson Road, ran over a stop sign and drove into the woods. The woman left her car and fled on foot, leaving an injured male passenger in the vehicle.

The deputy gave first aid to the passenger, a 67-year-old man from Baldwin. The Glen Arbor Fire Department responded and transported him to Munson Medical Center.

The woman was soon located at the BP gas station in Empire by National Park Service officers and Sheriff’s deputies. She was arrested on felony charges of fleeing and eluding police, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and larceny from a building.

She was also driving on a suspended license.

Another 30-year-old Traverse City man who had been at the medical clinic when the alleged theft took place was found in Empire Village after he left the clinic on foot.

He was arrested on three outstanding warrants out of Grand Traverse County.

The injured passenger remains in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

— Compiled by Patti Brandt

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