The Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 64-year-old Manistee man after the man led deputies on a chase into downtown Ludington Tuesday morning, according to a press release from Sheriff Kim Cole.
Cole stated that deputies were called at 5:24 a.m. Tuesday for a report of an assault in the parking lot of Meijer in Amber Township.
Chris Bernard Hansen, 122 Hancock St. Apt. 5, Manistee was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on eight charges by Magistrate Glenn Jackson in 79th District Court. He was arraigned on three felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault), a felony count of fleeing a police officer fourth degree, a misdemeanor count of reckless driving, a misdemeanor count of failure to stop at the scene of a property damage accident, a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle in violation of license restrictions and a felony count of habitual offender supplemental warrant fourth conviction.
All of the charges stem from the alleged incident at Meijer, Cole stated in a release.
“Initial information alleged the suspect (drove) his Ford F-150 pickup truck around the victim’s vehicle in circles three times in an effort to strike the vehicle before ramming into it,” Cole stated. “Each time, the victim (took) evasive actions to avoid the collisions before being struck in the passenger side. The suspect left the parking lot westbound on U.S. 10 while the victim called 911. There was no known relationship between the suspect and victim.”
Cole stated that there were three people in the vehicle Hansen allegedly struck, and those are associated with the three felonious assault charges. The vehicle struck was a Chevy passenger vehicle, Cole told the Daily News, and it was occupied by two 34-year-old men from Ludington and a 35-year-old Fountain man. Cole did not say which of the men was driving the Chevy.
Cole stated three deputies responded to the call and encountered the 2012 F-150 without its lights on driving west on U.S. 10 at the Ludington city limit.
“Deputies attempted a traffic stop, however, the driver failed to stop and fled westbound into Ludington at speeds of 60 to 65 mph,” Cole stated. “Following several blocks, the suspect finally pulled to the side of the road, at Ludington Avenue and James Street, where he was taken into custody without incident.”
Hansen is being held in the Mason County Jail on a parole detainer stemming from a 1980 conviction for second degree murder out of St. Clair County, which he was paroled for in 2019.
Bond was set in the case at $50,000, cash/surety. A probable cause hearing was scheduled for July 8.