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Authorities: Man rams jail trying to free inmate

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A jail cell. A jail cell.

Authorities say a 45-year-old man crashed a vehicle into a northern Michigan jail in an attempt to free a female inmate.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle and report Derek G. Lavis is charged with attempted aiding of a prisoner escape and malicious destruction of a building. He was arraigned Monday and is held on $1 million bond. He's due in court again this month.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment Tuesday with court-appointed defense lawyer Thomas Seger.

Kalkaska County corrections officers reported a loud banging on the north wall of the jail around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, and a deputy saw a Chevrolet Suburban ramming into the jail's outer walls.

The vehicle took off and investigators say they later arrested Lavis in a wooded area about 12 miles away.

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