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Man in jail for fleeing, eluding

Police find drugs in driver’s possession

July 13, 2011
Daily Press

MENOMINEE - A 33-year-old downstate man remains lodged in Menominee County Jail after fleeing and eluding police in a short chase which began in Menominee County and ended in Delta County early Tuesday morning.

James Alan Finch, of Allegan, was arraigned in Menominee District Court on three felony charges: police officer fleeing - fourth degree; controlled substance - delivery or manufacturing of marijuana; resisting and obstructing an officer.

Finch was also charged with the misdemeanor: controlled substance - possession of Psilocybin, a hallucinogen.

While a Menominee County deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday, in the north end of Menominee County, near U.S. 2 & 41 and LaFave Lane, a pickup driver failed to stop. The deputy, assisted by Hannahville police officers, pursued the suspect vehicle into Delta County.

Just west of Escanaba on U.S. 2 & 41, troopers from the Michigan State Police Post in Gladstone placed "stop sticks" on the roadway to puncture the suspect's tires. Three tires on the pickup were deflated and the suspect was forced to stop.

Finch was taken into custody at 12:35 a.m. He remains in Menominee Couty Jail on a $5,000 bond.



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