2006-06-15 / Front Page

Early morning chase ends with arrest

A chase that began in Clare County during the early morning hours of June 12, ended on US-127 in Roscommon County when police disabled the fleeing vehicle. According to a State Police report, troopers from Post 75, Houghton Lake were alerted to a chase that had been initiated by the Clare County Sheriff Department that was proceeding northward on US-127 at around 12:30 a.m. Troopers and deputies from the Roscommon County Sheriff Department waited for the fleeing vehicle, driven by Don Alan Barnes, 53, of Vestaburg, near County Rd. 300, and deployed stop sticks to deflate its tires as it passed by. The vehicle stopped just north of the overpass and Barnes jumped out and went into the tall grass next to the highway. Trooper Michael Vranish reported that when he and Dep. Norm Labonte reached the scene, Barnes started walking back to his vehicle, brandishing a knife. After a short standoff, Vranish used pepper spray to disable the suspect, who still refused to drop the knife, until he was struck several times in the leg with an impact weapon. Barnes was turned over to Clare County Sheriff Deputies. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the incident.

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