DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac man was arrested Friday night after he allegedly fled from police before being caught with drugs. He also did not have a valid driver’s license, police said.

Dowagiac police made the arrest following a short vehicle pursuit that began at 11:39 p.m. after an officer noticed a vehicle parked suspiciously on East Wayne Street near West Railroad Street.

The vehicle drove away and accelerated rapidly, running a stop sign and continuing north on West Railroad Street. As the vehicle approached East Prairie Ronde Street and attempted to make a turn, the driver lost control and hit a utility police, disabling the vehicle.

The driver, a 19-year-old Dowagiac man, had a pipe in his pocket which tested positive for methamphetamine, had no valid driver’s license, and was known to police to be wanted on a felony warrant in connection with a prior assault assault case. 

The man was taken to the Cass County jail on charges of fleeing and eluding police, possession of methamphetamine, operating under the influence of drugs, operating without a driver’s license, and the original felony warrant.

A passenger in the man’s vehicle, a 22-year-old Dowagiac woman, was released with no charges. She was taken by Pride Care ambulance to Ascension/Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital where she was released after treatment for minor injuries. The driver was also taken to the hospital for an evaluation but he was not injured.

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