HARTFORD TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - Van Buren County Sheriff's Deputies and K9 unit caught a man and his meth lab after a chase Sunday afternoon.
Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that at about 3:30pm Sunday afternoon, a deputy came across a red Jeep Wrangler that was being driven by a driver who had eluded police in a chase about three weeks ago. The driver did not stop for the deputy again and the chase started eastbound on 66th Avenue from CR 687.
The driver of the jeep lost control at 66th Avenue and 60th Street, slid through the intersection and crashed into a cattle gate. He then fled on foot carrying an unknown object.
A K9 unit joined the chase, as well officers from the Michigan State Police and the Pokagon Tribal Police. The K9 tracked the suspect to a residence where he tried to steal a van that was parked in the driveway and failed. He was found some time later hiding in the woods.
The suspect fought with the deputy and the K9 unit before being taken into custody. It is believed that the suspect was under the influence of illegal substances. The object that the suspect had fled with was found to be a part of a meth lab.
The suspect's name will be released after he is arraigned.