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Fruitport man arrested after downtown crash, foot chase

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:37 PM
bvargo@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 231

The man, who was not named pending arraignment, was booked in the Ottawa County Jail for operating while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and transporting open alcohol in a motor vehicle, said Lt. Joe Boyle of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

September Yancone said she was getting ready to go to bed shortly after 10:30 p.m. “when there was a huge crash,” she said.

While her husband called 911, she and other neighbors rushed out to the area of Franklin and First streets where a truck had just hit a light pole.

“There was truck pieces all over the street,” she said. “And he just walked away.”

The man in the flannel shirt and bandana went across the parking lot toward the Rosebud restaurant and did not stop, despite attempts by witnesses who tried to talk him into returning to his truck, Yancone said.

He did not appear to be injured, she said.

Yancone said the man started running, and then went up some stairs behind some Washington Avenue businesses.

“He went up some stairs onto a deck, then crawled over a railing to get on the back deck of the bread store,” she said.

A witness told police the suspect had climbed onto the roof of a nearby business, Boyle said.

“Officers climbed up the roof and located the suspect hiding in an attempt to elude police,” Boyle said.

The man complied with the officers’ commands and was eventually taken into custody.

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