Former deputy charged in DUI police chase

7:05 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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  • October 2012 photo of former Allegan County Sheriff's deputy Kevin Haan. (Courtesy: Muskegon Co. Sheriff's Dept.
  • 1998 WZZM 13 file photo of former Allegan County Sheriff's deputy Kevin Haan.
  • Truck ran into building in Muskegon Co. after police chase.
    

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A former Allegan County Sheriff's deputy is facing a new drunk driving charge after leading police on a high-speed chase through Muskegon County.

Kevin Haan, 47, appeared in Muskegon County District Court Tuesday to face felony charges of operating under the influence (third offense), fleeing and eluding police, and resisting officers.  Haan is also facing a misdemeanor charge of running over road signs.

Previous Coverage: Truck runs into building after police chase

Prosecutors say other motorists spotted Haan driving erratically on M-37 in Kent City and called 911.  Michigan State Police soon spotted Haan's truck and began the 20-mile chase, reaching speeds of 75-80 miles per hour on M-46 between Casnovia and Muskegon townships. 

The pursuit ended when Haan's truck ran into an old school at the corner of Apple Avenue (M-46) and Dangl Road in Muskegon Township.

"When the officers inspected the vehicle they found a half-consumed bottle of vodka," says D.J. Hilson, Muskegon County senior assistant prosecutor.

Haan's first drunk driving arrest was in 2004, when he was still working for the Allegan County Sheriff's Department.  His conviction later that year ended his 18-year career as a deputy.

In 2005, Haan was convicted in another drunk driving case, this time in Kent County.

Reported by Jon Mills in Muskegon

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