Harrison man arrested after 15-mile car chase

A Harrison man is behind bars after deputies say he led authorities on a 15-mile chase while intoxicated.

The pursuit started when Robert Leathers, 54, passed a DNR Conservation Officer in a no passing zone on Clare Avenue Saturday.

Deputies say Leathers drove recklessly through the City of Harrison. At one point during the 20-minute high-speed chase, he drove his Jeep head-on towards the DNR officer and forced him off the roadway.

Stop sticks were used by Clare County Sheriff Deputies, and eventually Leathers came to a stop when his vehicle could not drive any further. The pursuit ended on M-61 and Sellinger Street in Harrison, and that's when deputies learned Leathers' 46-year-old wife was in the vehicle. She was released without incident.

Leathers was reportedly uncooperative and was taken to the Clare County Jail. He was charged with flee and elude, assault/resist/obstructing a police officer, and operating while intoxicated second offense.

He was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

A preliminary exam is set for November 18.

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