BEULAH — An Interlochen man faces criminal charges in connection with a law enforcement chase that ended with a crash.
Jeffrey James Postema, 20, was charged with fleeing and eluding police, operating while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license. He was arraigned Monday in 85th District Court and is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 7.
Authorities said Postema was driving on U.S. 31 and Lamb Road a little after midnight on Sunday. Police said they observed the vehicle traveling at a speed of 70 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. They signaled for the vehicle to pull over, but the driver ignored the signals and kept going, said Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel.
The fleeing motorist turned down Reynolds Road, then traveled through a stop sign.
The vehicle crashed in a wooded area.
An open container was found in the car, according to deputy reports.