2017-08-31 / Courts

Chase ends in confiscated handgun


A THREE-CAR pile-up was the result of a distracted driving incident on Thursday in Solon Township when a 46-year-old driver was talking on her cell phone. A THREE-CAR pile-up was the result of a distracted driving incident on Thursday in Solon Township when a 46-year-old driver was talking on her cell phone. A report of a man threatening suicide in Bingham Township ended in a vehicle pursuit through southern Leelanau County and into a Traverse City neighborhood.

The suspect was apprehended in Long Lake Township, according to a report from the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office.

The call came into the 911 dispatch center at about 11 a.m. Monday, with deputies responding to a home on East Donner Road, according to the report.

The man, who had been at his place of work on M-22, told people there he was returning to the East Donner Road home to shoot himself with a 9mm handgun, the report said.

When deputies got to the home they discovered the man had just left in a yellow Ford Ranger truck. A “be on the lookout” was broadcast and the man and truck were located in Traverse City, the report said.

When a Traverse City police officer attempted to pull the man over he fled west on Bay Street, through the Slab Town neighborhood, and west onto Cedar Run Road into Long Lake Township, reaching speeds of 85 mph, the report said.

The man pulled over in the area of Cedar Run Road, gave up and was taken into custody.

Inside the pickup truck deputies located a 9mm Bersa handgun the man had recently purchased, the report said.

The man was taken into custody and transported to Munson Medical Center for mental evaluation.

Traverse City police will forward reports to the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor’s Office for possible criminal charges related to the vehicle pursuit.

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A woman talking on her cell phone was the cause of a three-car crash Thursday on East Traverse Highway near Allgaier Road in Solon Township, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Three people, including the at-fault driver, were transported to Munson Medical Center for injuries sustained in the accident, according to the report.

When sheriff’s deputies and rescue personnel from Cedar Area Fire and Rescue and North Flight EMS responded to the accident they found that a commercial semi-truck had been stopped to make a left hand turn into a private drive, the report said.

A vehicle behind the semi driven by a 37-year-old woman and an 18-year-old passenger, both of Suttons Bay, had also stopped to accommodate the semi.

A third vehicle, driven by a 46-yearold Empire woman, failed to stop and crashed into the trailing car causing it to push into the rear of the semi, the report said.

The driver of the third vehicle told deputies that she had taken her eyes off the road for just a moment while talking on her cell phone when she realized that traffic in front of her had stopped, the report said.

The 46-year-old was found at fault and issued a citation for careless driving.

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A 22-year-old Lake Leelanau woman was arrested for drunken driving Thursday in Elmwood Township after being stopped for alleged erratic driving and crossing the fog line on multiple occasions, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

The woman was stopped at about 1:10 a.m. along the 10000 block of South West Bay Shore Drive. The deputy detected the presence of alcohol, the report said. An investigation determined the woman was intoxicated, the report said.

She was arrested and lodged in the Leelanau County Jail on charges of drunken driving with a high blood-alcohol content, the report said.

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