A manhunt is underway in Michigan for a man accused of dragging a deputy and an officer following a traffic stop.
The Allegan County Sheriffs Office said a rental car with four passengers, including the 20-year-old suspect, was stopped for speeding on U.S. 131 near Plainwell about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
A deputy called for backup after seeing evidence of drugs and an unregistered handgun in the car.
“There were four occupants in the vehicle. They were able to get three of those out,” Larsen said.
The undersheriff said the suspect refused to get out of the vehicle.
“Upon making contact with him, he locked the doors, rolled the window up,” Larsen said.
He said the Allegan County deputy and a Plainwell Public Safety officer put their hands in the window in order to control the suspect, but then things went south.
“He was able to slide over to the driver's side, struggling with the two officers that we're trying to maintain control of him in the vehicle, got the vehicle in driver and took off,” Larsen said.
The suspect sped off, dragging the officers. Larsen said they let go, but ended up getting scraped up from being dragged.
After the suspect fled the scene deputies said an Otsego officer located the vehicle near D Avenue and begin pursuing the suspect, before ditching the car in the South 16th Street driveway at about 5:30 a.m.
Deputies don't think he is armed, but advise people to stay away if they come into contact.
“They'll find him and he'll do his time or whatever. It doesn't have anything to do with our neighborhood,” Larsen said.
Larsen said the other people in the car are being questioned, but are not cooperating with police.
One of the other passengers was arrested on an unrelated warrant.
Karin Laws lives in the normally quiet neighborhood.
“My husband thought it was lightning when he saw the lights coming through the window and said, ‘You need to get up, we're surrounded by cops,’” she said.
Lewis and her neighbors were front and center in a full-scale manhunt as K-9 teams looked for the suspect all day Wednesday.
“I think he's got a lot of under-cover where he can hide,” said Bob DePaul, who also lives in the neighborhood.
Deputies said the suspect is about 6 feet, 165 pounds with short hair. He is about 20-years-old, and was last seen wearing black shorts, black socks and a white tank top.
Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities.
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