Assault investigation leads to chase and drug bust
An officer responded to possible assault complaint at Spectrum Health Pennock in Hastings Aug. 2. Emergency room staff contacted police to report a patient having injuries to her legs that may have come from an assault. The 40-year-old Delton woman refused to speak to the officer or show him her injuries. When the officer obtained a list of names associated with the woman's residence in the 7000 block of Guernsey Lake Road in Hope Township, he noticed a 42-year-old Wellston man with a warrant for aggravated assault from Kalamazoo. Officers went to the residence at that evening and found the man sitting in his truck. When an officer identified himself, the man started the truck and fled on West Guernsey Lake Road. He spun out on a curve about 1,500 from the residence. The man then fled on foot into nearby woods, where the K-9 unit tracked him down in a swamp. He refused to cooperate, and the K-9 bit the man's arm and did not let go until he was out of the swamp and the officer was able to handcuff the suspect. He was transported to Spectrum Health Pennock for follow-up treatment. Officers searched his vehicle and found three plastic totes containing a total of 16.32 pounds of marijuana and three glass pipes that appeared to have been used to smoke methamphetamine. The man also had a suspended license. He was taken to the Barry County Jail after being released from the hospital.