REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP — Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office deputies engaged in a pursuit on Wednesday that ended with the arrest of the suspect.
The suspect, 54-year-old James Carl Leichtweis of Detroit, is lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on a charge of fleeing and eluding and an outstanding warrant for a probation violation out of Wayne County.
Leichtweis was arraigned on a charge of fourth degree fleeing and eluding and is being held on a $1,000 bond. Leichtweis has also been charged with reckless driving in connection with the pursuit and him striking a Montcalm County Emergency Services employee. A charge of fourth degree fleeing and eluding carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison while the reckless driving charge carries a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail.
At approximately 4:44 p.m. the deputy assigned to Howard City and staff with the Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services were sent to a report of a subject slumped over in his vehicle that was parked in a parking lot of Bethel Lutheran Church located in the 18000 block of West Howard City-Edmore Road.
Medical staff arrived first and contacted the subject, who was later identified as the Detroit man. Medical staff tried to speak with the suspect, however, he drove away. As he was leaving the parking lot, the suspect’s vehicle struck a member of the medical staff, but the medic was not injured.
The deputy arrived in the area and began to search for the suspect vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, and found it on Almy Road near Amy School Road. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, however, the suspect fled from the deputy. The pursuit led through the back roads of Reynolds Township where the suspect drove in excess of 85 mph and disregard stop signs. The suspect eventually pulled over on the on ramp of north bound U.S. 131 at M-82.