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Posted on Tue, May 22, 2012 : 12:23 p.m.

Police find parole absconder hiding in swamp after high-speed chase

By Cindy Heflin

A parole absconder led police on a high-speed chase with a terrified passenger, then tried to hide in a swamp Monday before officers hauled him out “looking like “The Creature From the Black Lagoon,” Waterloo Township Police Chief Tom Cottrell said.

The chase lasted just 8 minutes as it proceeded over Jackson and Washtenaw County roads, reaching 87 mph on dirt roads, while a woman who had only wanted to go to the store for a pop screamed at the man to stop, Cottrell said.

The chase started about 9:40 a.m. Monday when Jeremy Gerald Mead, 24, of Stockbridge, sped away from Cottrell on M-52 just west of the Washtenaw County line, the Waterloo police chief said. He then fled south on Leeke Road, then into Washtenaw County on Boyce Road, finally ending up on Farnsworth Road, Cottrell said in a press release. That’s where he ran across a hay field and into a state forest area and submerged himself in swamp muck, police said.

It wasn’t Mead’s lucky day, however. Several state police officers were training with dogs in the Stockbridge area. “What a stroke of luck,” Cottrell said. “I called for a dog and six show up. It looked like a State Police convention for a while.”

After about 40 minutes, the canine teams found Mead, who was lying in the muck with his nose sticking out so he could breathe, Cottrell said. “He was literally black from head to foot.”

An ambulance took Mead to Allegiance Health in Jackson after the chase because he admitted to ingesting about a quarter gram of heroin as Cottrell chased him. He told the chief he was worried about the health consequences of ingesting it. No other drugs were found in the car, an older model Oldsmobile Cutlass he had borrowed from a friend.

Before the chase, the chief had gotten a tip Mead would be at his listed residence on M-52. Cottrell called the Department of Corrections fugitive team and was awaiting their arrival when the vehicle a tipster had said Mead was driving left the residence.

“He comes driving out of the driveway,” Cottrell said. “He turned his head and saw me and the chase was on.”

Cottrell said the chase was terrifying for a woman who had gotten in the car with Mead to get a soft drink from the store. “She was waving her arms and screaming,” he said.

Mead has been to prison for a fraud offense and assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer, Cottrell said. Mead is an absconder from parole, according to Department of Corrections records. Cottrell said he would ask the prosecutor’s office to charge Mead with felony fleeing and eluding.


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Comments

f4phantomII

Thu, May 24, 2012 : 1:37 a.m.

I'm not sure what a "parole absconder" is. I'm guessing he violated the terms of his parole but the article doesn't speak to that. I'm pretty sure taking the cops on a high speed chase is frowned upon. What did he do before that?

Linda Peck

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 2:55 a.m.

It is interesting this person was in prison for fraud. I wonder why crimes such as fraud are punishable by prison and crimes such as beating up women are considered misdemeanors.

SMC

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 2:34 p.m.

Domestic assault may be a misdemeanor, but it does carry a 93 day sentence.

blugoose

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 12:29 a.m.

I hope they stopped at a gas station to hose him down like "Tommy Boy". Hey Chucko, that doesn't smell like mud.

JRW

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 11:15 p.m.

After about 40 minutes, the canine teams found Mead, who was lying in the muck with his nose sticking out so he could breathe, Cottrell said. "He was literally black from head to foot." Got what he deserved. Too bad he didn't swallow more of the muck!

ranger007

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 1:42 a.m.

*muck

ranger007

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 1:42 a.m.

I think they should have sat and watched him to see how long he could have stayed in the "much"

JRW

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 11:13 p.m.

"An ambulance took Mead to Allegiance Health in Jackson after the chase because he admitted to ingesting about a quarter gram of heroin as Cottrell chased him. He told the chief he was worried about the health consequences of ingesting it. " Suddenly a criminal is worried about health consequences? And who pays for this ambulance and hospital treatment? I doubt this criminal has health insurance. Taxpayers pay. Complete and total waste of tax dollars.

jns131

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 9:50 p.m.

I just completed the entire 7 year series of Adam 12. They do mention how these dogs got started. What a great asset these dogs are to the community and the police.

Homeland Conspiracy

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 2:26 a.m.

One Adam 12, One Adam 12, see the man

treetowncartel

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 8:44 p.m.

lucky for the WCSD that it wasn't John Rambo behind the wheel of that car.

GoNavy

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 8:35 p.m.

Officers driving fast again. This time, besides some criminal of undetermined danger to society, the passenger was put at risk. That's in addition to all of the other cars, onlookers, passers-by, etc. who were put at risk due to speeding police vehicles. Why do police departments continue to condone high-speed chases?

Unusual Suspect

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 6:25 p.m.

"In the article, it says specifically that there was a passenger in the vehicle. Was her life not as valuable?" Yes, which is why they needed to catch up with the car and get her away from the dangerous person who was driving it. "There's more than one way to catch a criminal." Do these other "ways to catch a criminal" start with going from knowing where the criminal is to letting him get away so there is no idea where he is? This sort of mindset is amazing. As pointed out by a few of us here, according to this logic it really does come down to this: you can get away with any crime you want as long as you drive fast after you do it.

GoNavy

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 1:46 p.m.

@ Ruralmom: In the article, it says specifically that there was a passenger in the vehicle. Was her life not as valuable? @Unusual Suspect: There's more than one way to catch a criminal. @Blue1997: Why would you rob a bank again? Anyways, in terms of "extreme caution," just last week a police cruiser slammed into an unsuspecting woman making a turn into a car wash. That was a big white sedan. How would a pedestrian have fared?

RuralMom

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 10:02 a.m.

GoNavy, you haven't a clue about this area from your posting. This is in a rural part of the county. I would bet this weeks pay check there were no onlookers during this 8 minute chase. Plus we don't want him running free and amok causing havoc in our part of the county, haven't you heard there is a huge meth problem out here and they are ripping off us law abiding citizens! Quite frankly its hysterical that the State Police Canine Units where training in the area, wonder what would have happened had they been training at the gun range!

Blue1997

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 3:48 a.m.

So I can rob a bank (but be a friendly bank robber) and as long as I go fast I can get away? Understand that police have to be trained and excersize extreme caution on high speed chases, but let's get the CRIMINALS off the street before they KILL someone. Nice Job to all on this incident and GIVE THEM DOG'S SOME BONES!

Unusual Suspect

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 2:08 a.m.

"Why do police departments continue to condone high-speed chases?" So your ideal that as long as a criminal drives fast he should get away with whatever he did?

Jack

Wed, May 23, 2012 : 12:11 a.m.

This guy doesn't sound that dangerous. Is chasing him worth an innocent human being's life?

blugoose

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 9:42 p.m.

Probably because they lead to the apprehension of felons like this idiot.

RunsWithScissors

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 8:32 p.m.

This is what happens when you run amuck.

djm12652

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 6:41 p.m.

What?...Oh muck.....

drut_ferguson

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 6:02 p.m.

So does this guy get his own swamp-themed show on Discovery or A&E or TLC now?

smokeblwr

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 5:19 p.m.

You could say this perp met his.... "Waterloo". YYYYEEEEEAHHHHH!!!

jns131

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 9:51 p.m.

Thanks. Now I have that song stuck in my head. Waterloo....what would I do without you?

drut_ferguson

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

He couldn't escape if he wanted to...

Unusual Suspect

Tue, May 22, 2012 : 5:51 p.m.

Go to your room.