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      Cheboygan man jailed after leading police on chase

      The chase started after a deputy attempted to stop Michael Allen Gunnarsson in his BMW on M-33 in Benton Township on Tuesday afternoon

      A 28-year-old Cheboygan man has been arrested on several charges after leading police on a chase and refusing to let his passenger out of the car.

      According to the Cheboygan County Sheriff, the chase started after a deputy attempted to stop Michael Allen Gunnarsson in his BMW on M-33 in Benton Township on Tuesday afternoon.

      The car accelerated and took off south on M-33 as the deputy chased him with his emergency lights and siren on.

      The chase continued into Aloha Township where the car turned around on M-33 north, then turned east onto Orchard Beach Road. The deputy then stopped the pursuit due to "dangers presented to the public."

      "Gunnarsson not only had disregard for the public during the pursuit, but also for his passenger who was pleading to be let out of the vehicle," said Sheriff Clarmont.

      The passenger told police he was begging Gunnarsson to stop the car because he was fearing for his life. The passenger eventually jumped out of the moving car when it slowed down.

      Just two hours later, Gunnarsson turned himself in. He was charged with unlawful imprisonment, fleeing and eluding, operating with a suspended license, operating with no insurance, reckless driving, failure to transfer title on motor vehicle, and being a habitual offender.

      Gunnarsson is scheduled to be in court next on February 13. Bond was set at $15,000.