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Driver charged after police chase in Wexford County

Ronald French was arraigned on charges of third degree flee and elude, use of meth, second offense operating while intoxicated, driving while license suspended, no vehicle insurance, operating an unregistered vehicle as well as being a habitual offender. (Courtesy: Wexford Co. Sheriff's Office)

WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A 46-year-old Cadillac man accused of leading state police on a chase has officially been charged.

Ronald French was arraigned on charges of third degree flee and elude, use of meth, second offense operating while intoxicated, driving while license suspended, no vehicle insurance, operating an unregistered vehicle as well as being a habitual offender.

It all started on Tuesday when a trooper from the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post tried to pull over a vehicle that disregarded a red traffic light at the intersection of Haynes St. and N. Mitchell St.

We are told French did not pull over for the trooper and sped up. French then fled from the trooper for less than two miles.

The trooper than ended the pursuit in the interest of public safety. The vehicle description was the broadcasted to all local law enforcement.

A short time later, the vehicle was found, with the engine still running in a garage on Pine St. The homeowner had no connection to the vehicle. Troopers began an investigation using the vehicle's registration to identify the vehicle owner.

Further investigation showed the vehicle owner was not the driver.

Finally more information gathered led to the identification of the driver.

Troopers learned French was hiding in a house on S. Simons St. in the city of Cadillac. Troopers and Cadillac City Police Officers found the driver at the home and arrested him without incident.



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