08/01/14 On Thursday, July 31, at approximately 2:15 A.M., Officer Ryan Hollopeter with Marshall County Sheriff’s Department observed a speeding vehicle traveling south bound on U.S. 31 through the town of LaPaz. The vehicle was traveling in an excess of 70 miles per hour as it traveled through the town.
As Officer Hollopeter attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle the driver of the 2008 Audi passenger car sped down the highway leading police in a pursuit. The vehicle pursuit continued south bound on U.S. 31 through the construction zone at speeds of exceeding 100 miles per hour. Stop Sticks were utilized in two locations near the intersection of U.S. 31 and U.S. 30. The vehicle was disabled due to the flattened tires and finally stopped near the intersection of U.S. 31 and 9A Road.
The driver was quickly taken into custody without further incident. A blood test determined that the driver, 28 year old Baljinder Singh of Niles, MI had a blood alcohol content was well over the legal limit. Singh is being held on charges of resisting law enforcement, operating while intoxicated and public intoxication at the Marshall County Jail and with bond set at $4,505.00.
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