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Fleeing driver arraigned on multiple charges



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February 16, 2017
LAPEER COUNTY — The man who led local police on a long and winding chase through the Imlay City area Tuesday, Feb. 14, has been arraigned on multiple criminal charges.

The Lapeer County Sheriff's Office reports that Andrew Orlando, 27, of Leonard is facing charges of (1) fleeing and eluding 3rd degree, (2) assault with a dangerous weapon, (3) MDOP to police property including damage to Sheriff's Dept. and Michigan State Police vehicles, (4) two counts of assaulting police officers, and (5) habitual offender-2.

Orlando was arrained in the 71-D District Court in Lapeer on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Bond was set at $250,000 (cash or surety) on the newly issued criminal charges.

In addition, Orlando is subject to a $10,000 (cash or surety) bond on an unrelated criminal bench warrant for a narcotis violation in Almont Township.

Imlay City police were the first to encounter Orlando at around 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Campbell's Local Harvest on N. Van Dyke Rd., in response to a possible assault and stalking of an Imlay City woman.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a 28-year-old female locked in her vehicle, along with Orlando, who is reported to have to been an acquaintance of the woman some time ago.

While attempting to gather information from the two parties, police said the suspect became aggressive and fled in a 2006 Ford F-350, with Imlay City police in pusuit.

Lapeer County Undersheriff Jeremy Howe estimated the time of the pursuit to have been 30-35 minutes, as local police departments, Michigan State Police and Sheriff's deputies followed the suspect's vehicle which traveled at various speeds, topping out at 90 mph. The pursuit covered more than 30 miles of local roadways.

In an effort to slow the vehicle, police placed spike strips at two intersections and were successful in deflating two of the suspect's tires.

Orlando, however, continued driving on the flat tires and rims.

When Orlando doubled back to Van Dyke, he drove south through Imlay City, switching lanes and endangering other drivers, Howe said.

The suspect's luck ran out when he turned onto Reek Rd., where he lost control of his vehicle and went into a cornfield, getting stuck in the mud.

When encountered by police, Orlando at first refused to exit his vehicle.

Upon removing him from the truck, Howe said the suspect continued to resist and became physically confrontational.

At that point, Sheriff's deputies deployed a taser, allowing officers an opportunity to take Orlando into custody at around 8:22 p.m.

He was transported to the Lapeer County Jail to await his arraignment.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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