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Man arrested after fleeing deputies

An Elkhart man was arrested Wednesday after he attempted to flee from Cass County Sheriff’s Department officials.

Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies conducted a traffic stop on the driver of a vehicle clocked traveling 96 miles per hour on Decatur Road near Kelsey Lake Street in Penn Township shortly before 6 p.m.

The driver of the vehicle fled on foot during the traffic stop. Cass County K-9 “Faust” responded to the location and began to track the suspect.  The K-9 Unit tracked the suspect for nearly 3 1/2 miles in a thick, wooded area and corn fields.

The K-9 unit canceled the track due to the safety of the dog for heat exhaustion. A short time later, however, the suspect was located by deputies near the intersection of Okeefe Road and Shurte Street, just north of Cassopolis.

The 24-year-old Elkhart man was treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration at Dowagiac Lee Memorial Hospital and then transported to the Cass County Jail for charges of fleeing and eluding, resisting an officer, possession of a firearm and driving with no operator’s license.

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