Sand Lake man allegedly OD’s on drugs, then flees

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:40 am on Friday, December 23, 2011

Justin Yost

STANTON — A Sand Lake man is facing prison time after allegedly overdosing on drugs in a Walgreens restroom before fleeing a police officer by car and on foot.

Justin Yost, 28, is charged with fleeing a police officer in the third degree. He waived his arraignment Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court.

Greenville Department of Public Safety Officer Darren Jones responded Dec. 10 to a report of a possible drug overdose in a restroom at Walgreens in Greenville. A Walgreens employee found Yost sleeping or passed out in the restroom that Saturday.

When Jones arrived, Yost awoke, ran outside, jumped into a vehicle and sped out of the parking lot, sending people scattering and causing some minor injuries.

Jones followed Yost to Mr. T’s Party Store & Deli about 400 feet away. Yost exited his vehicle and took off running. Jones chased him on foot, eventually catching him and arresting him.

Yost has a lengthy criminal record in Montcalm County dating back to 2002.

His numerous convictions include minor in possession of alcohol or tobacco, retail fraud, careless driving, reckless driving, driving while license suspended and domestic violence.

He was most recently sentenced to 180 days in the Montcalm County Jail after pleading guilty to second degree retail fraud and driving while license suspended second offense. Both crimes occurred last August and he only recently got out of jail before allegedly committing his most recent crime.

Yost faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

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