By John Raffel
MARION – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office issued a report on the pursuit and arrest of Flee and Elude/Felony warrant suspect
On March 4, at approximately 12:47 a.m., deputies were on traffic patrol and observed a vehicle with an equipment violation near the intersection of Mackinaw Trail and 13 Mile Road in LeRoy Township. While attempting to stop the vehicle for the violation, the driver sped away and attempted to flee and elude deputies.
“After a short pursuit, the suspect pulled into a residence near the intersection of 14 Mile and 220th Avenue and fled on foot,” deputies stated in a report. “The suspect ran into a house ignoring verbal commands of the deputies and refused to come out. The identity of the suspect was determined and it was learned the 33-year-old female had several warrants for her arrest, one of which was a felony warrant for possession of narcotics.
“Two residents, a 67-year-old female and her 42-year-old son, refused to cooperate with law enforcement and denied the suspect was in the residence. Both were advised of the felony warrant and felony investigation and it was explained that they could be charged for harboring a fugitive as deputies would be obtaining a search warrant if they were not allowed to arrest the suspect. Both occupants continued to refuse to cooperate and the 42-year-old son, who was later identified as the boyfriend of the 33-year-old female, made threats to assault law enforcement on scene.”
Deputies say they obtained a search warrant and entry was made into the residence.
“The suspect was located in the residence hiding in bedding under a fitted sheet in the bedroom of the 67-year-old female,” the department said. “The suspect was taken into custody without incident after she briefly resisted arrest. A subsequent inventory search of the vehicle that the 33-year-old female attempted to flee from deputies which led to the recovery of methamphetamine in the vehicle. Two large knives were also recovered. The 33-year-old female was lodged at the Osceola County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine, two counts carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, three counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer, and one count of fleeing and eluding a police officer. Her name is being withheld pending arraignment.”
Deputies say the prosecutor reviewed of the incident, and additional warrants were issued for the 67 year-old female and her 42-year-old son for harboring a fugitive.
“Both were later taken into custody and lodged at the Osceola County Jail without incident,” deputies stated in their report. “Both mother and son’s names are also being withheld pending arraignment. The Osceola County Sheriff Office was assisted on scene by the Reed City Police Department and Meceola Central Dispatch.”