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Police chase ends in kiddie pool

September 3, 2012
By Jenny Lancour - Staff Writer , Daily Press

ESCANABA - After striking two vehicles, fleeing police in a pickup truck then running away on foot, an alleged drunken driver was finally nabbed when an officer tackled him in a kiddy pool last week in Escanaba.

Michael Jon Bergeon, 24, of 6819 M.5 Lane, Escanaba, was arrested on several charges following a high-speed, short-lived chase with Escanaba Public Safety that began near the 300 block of South 16th Street early Wednesday.

While investigating a loud music complaint shortly before 4 a.m., officers observed a pickup truck hit two vehicles and leave the scene. After attempting to signal the driver to stop, the suspect drove away from police at speeds reaching 50-60 miles per hour during the chase, according to the incident report.

After eluding police on 2nd Avenue South, South 18th Street, 3rd Avenue South and back to South 16th Street, Bergeon exited the truck and fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, an officer tackled the man in a small pool at a local residence.

Bergeon was arrested and lodged in the Delta County Jail where he remains in lieu of a $20,000 cash bond.

During his arraignment in district court on Thursday, Bergeon was officially charged with driver fleeing and eluding police, assaulting/resisting/obstructing police, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated - third offense, failure to stop after a collision, and driving on a suspended license.

He is scheduled for a preliminary examination in district court on Sept. 11.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,



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