Mark Dwayne McCuaig

Suspended license case ends in 23-count police chase

March 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

A 41-year-old Rockford man who was originally charged with driving on a suspended license is now facing a 23-count warrant, after leading several law enforcement agencies on a pursuit through Montcalm County last week. During a court appearance Wednesday, March 3, for driving on a suspended license, Mark Dwayne McCuaig, 41, who uses addresses in both Rockford and Greenville, was ordered into custody for contempt of court. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, as McCuaig was being taken from Montcalm 64B District Court to the lock-up room, he struggled with the officer and fled through the door into the courtroom. Once in the courtroom, an assistant Montcalm County prosecutor and a state corrections officer, who was serving as a juror, stopped him. When they let McCuaig up to be taken into custody, he took off on foot. “At this time, the court officer deployed his Taser with no effect,” said Bellinger. The man then fled to the front door of the court complex where a second court officer confronted him. Mace was deployed on the suspect and he ran through the front doors into the parking lot. Police said McCuaig got into a van owned by a friend and locked the doors as officers approached. He then started the van, and as he backed out of the parking spot, officers broke out the driver’s window and deployed another Taser. The suspect then went forward and out of the parking lot on to south M-66. The Stanton Police Chief spotted the vehicle and took up the pursuit. The vehicle was chased on various back roads, with speeds approaching 80 miles per hour, heading in a southwest direction toward Greenville. A Michigan State Police trooper slowed the suspect by putting down stop sticks on Peck Road, between M-91 and Vining Road. However, McCuaig was only a short distance from his home. He drove up to the house and barricaded himself inside the home. Bellinger said authorities tried to contact the suspect to no avail. “Due to the concern that the suspect would cause injury to himself, an entry team of four officers and a K-9 team was formed and entered the home,” he explained. McCuaig then fled the home and into a pole barn garage where […]