CADILLAC — A 33-year-old Cadillac man was charged in Wexford County’s 84th District Court after he led police on a multiple county chase in May.
Daniel Bradley Lindell was charged with fourth-degree police officer fleeing and two counts of police officer assault, resist or obstruct for his connection with an incident on May 23 in Clam Lake Township. A habitual offender fourth offense notice was added to the charges and as a result of the enhancement, Lindell faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
The charges are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt. Lindell is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Wexford County Central Dispatch received a call around 7:48 p.m. from Lake County Central Dispatch on May 23 advising that two Lake County deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit, according to a release from the Wexford County Sheriff’s Office. The Lake County deputies also were requesting assistance, police said.
The pursuit took police into Osceola County and then north on Mackinaw Trail approaching Wexford County. Police said the pursuit went into Wexford County for a brief period before leaving the county and entering Missaukee County. It was at that point the pursuit was ended by police, according to the release.
A short time later, police said a trooper from the Cadillac Michigan State Police Post spotted Lindell’s vehicle traveling westbound on Stoney Corners Road and appeared to be headed back into Wexford County. At that time, deputies from both Lake and Wexford counties were at the Wexford/Missaukee county line at the intersection of Stoney Corners Road and East 48 Road.
Police said spike strips were deployed as Lindell drove by their location and deputies from both agencies reinitiated the pursuit. At this point, Missaukee County deputies also joined the pursuit and police said it continued west on East 48 Road.
Police said one of the tires on Lindell’s vehicle was flat and eventually came off the rim and the suspect turned north on South 41 Road. Lindell eventually came to stop at a dead end. The 33-year-old Cadillac man fled the vehicle on foot and deputies were able to chase him and arrest him in the median of southbound U.S. 131.
Although Lindell was turned over to Lake County deputies after the May 23 pursuit, Wexford County Sheriff Trent Taylor said at the time his office was drafting a report, which will be sent to and reviewed by the Wexford County Prosecutor’s Office for potential charges.
On May 24, Lindell was charged in Lake County’s 79th District Court with one count of third-degree police officer fleeing for his connection with the police chase.
Lake County Road Patrol Chief Deputy Chad Hurrle previously said the initial call came in at 7:11 p.m. May 23 of a suspicious person not acting right at the Old Carrieville Store in Luther. Once police arrived on the scene, contact with Lindell was made and it was confirmed he was not acting right and he was asked to stay put.
Hurrle said Lindell told officers he was just leaving, returned to his vehicle, started it and took off. Hurrle also said the vehicle Lindell was driving didn’t have a license plate on it. During the pursuit, Hurrle said speeds ranged between 60 and 80 mph.
The Wexford County court issued a $25,000 cash or surety bond and a probable cause conference was scheduled on July 27.