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Harrison Man Arrested Driving While Intoxicated with Suspended License

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On 06/08/2020, at approximately 2:35 p.m. Deputies from the Clare County Sheriff Department were dispatched to a gas station in Hayes Township.  The reporting party advised there was a male at the gas station who was possibly under the influence and driving a vehicle.

Deputies responding located the vehicle in the driveway of the 5000 block of North Grant Ave with the male subject still inside. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle and asking him to step out of the vehicle, the male started the vehicle and fled from the scene and the grass area of the residential lawn.

Deputies began a short pursuit where the vehicle then crashed into a ditch and struck a tree.  Deputies had to remove the male from the vehicle as he continued to resist. During the arrest the gentleman bit one of the deputies on the hand.    

The male was identified as a 35-year-old Harrison man, James Lee Bailey-Middleton.  James was placed under arrest and taken into custody. 

On 06/010/20 James Lee Bailey-Middleton was arraigned by the 80th District Court, Magistrate Steven Worpel.  James was charged with police officer fleeing 3rd degree, police officer resist and obstruct causing injury, operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, malicious destruction of grass / trees, driving while license suspended, operating an unregistered vehicle, and habitual offender 4th offense notice.

James Bailey-Middleton had a bond set at $50,000.00 cash / surety and remains lodged at the Clare County Jail.

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