Paw Paw Man Arrested for Fleeing and Eluding, OWI Third Offense in Grand Traverse County

71 4686 21 Middaugh MugA 28-year-old Paw Paw man was arrested on Thanksgiving in Grand Traverse County for fleeing and eluding and for OWI third offense.

According to Michigan State Police, a trooper attempted to stop a 2017 Dodge Ram for a moving violation on M-37 near M-113 around 12:48 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25. Police say the vehicle, driven by Justin Isaac Middaugh, did not stop and continued at a high rate of speed and after several miles eventually stopped near County Line Road.

According to police, Middaugh displayed signs of intoxication was asked to exit the vehicle. He exited the vehicle but refused to perform sobriety tests. When a trooper attempted to arrest Middaugh, he resisted and struggled with officers.

Following his arrest, police say Middaugh was checked and cleared by EMS personnel for a scrape on his left cheek and fingers.

A deputy from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to assist.

Middaugh was arraigned Monday in a Grand Traverse County court on one count flee and elude fourth degree, one count resisting and obstructing police and one count operating while intoxicated third offense. His bond was set at $100,000.

Middaugh is due back in court on Dec. 17.