Suspect chased into Mill PondPublished 8:48pm Thursday, March 22, 2012
Cass County Drug Enforcement Team arrested a man in Dowagiac Wednesday afternoon as he attempted to flee into Mill Pond from Heddon Park.
Detectives were conducting surveillance near the park area when they located the adult male, who was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants and suspected to be involved with methamphetamine.
When members of CCDET and Dowagiac officers approached the subject, he fled on foot inside Heddon Park. Officers pursued the subject, who jumped into the water.
An officer followed the man into the water. After a brief struggle, the subject was pulled from the Mill Pond and continued to resist arrest. Eventually the subject was subdued and taken into custody. Detectives reported locating multiple bags containing suspected methamphetamine.
The subject was arrested for charges related to methamphetamine, resisting and obstructing police, a criminal bench warrant from St. Joseph County for failing to comply with reporting duties as a registered sex offender, a criminal bench warrant for failure to appear in St Joseph County on a pretrial and a criminal bench warrant out of Berrien County for contempt of court stemming from a retail fraud incident.
The subject was lodged at the Cass County Jail in Cassopolis. Three other individuals were questioned and released.
Pride Care EMS was called to the scene to evaluate the subject. There were no injuries to the subject or officers.
CCDET was assisted by Dowagiac Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. This matter remains under investigation.