SOUTH HAVEN — A man who tried to escape from police on Wednesday has been arrested on eight charges, including four counts of delivering methamphetamine, police said.
Police from several departments, led by the Southwest Enforcement Team, arrested 24-year-old John Louis Booker after he led them on a chase in both a vehicle and on foot, police said.
Booker’s arrest follows a two-month investigation into the distribution of meth in South Haven and Paw Paw, according to a news release issued Thursday from SWET. During the operation, SWET detectives seized approximately 6 ounces of crystal meth.
According to the release, when police tried to arrest Booker in the Walmart parking lot on 73rd Street, he fled in a vehicle. Police units from several agencies pursued the vehicle. Booker eventually fled from the vehicle on foot and was apprehended by police with the assistance from K9 units, the release stated.
He was arrested and taken to Van Buren County Jail on the following charges: four counts of delivery of methamphetamine, second offense; possession with intent to deliver crystal meth, second offense; fleeing and eluding police; resisting and obstructing police; and destruction of evidence. Police did not list his residence.
Another man – a passenger in the vehicle – was arrested for an outstanding warrant on an unrelated charge.