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June 29, 2013

Deputies: Drunken driver flees, crashes into state police car

Drunken driver led police on car chase

TRAVERSE CITY — A man who told a deputy he led authorities on a chase because he was drunk and afraid of going to jail faces criminal charges.

A Grand Traverse sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over Brandon Paul Shomin-Shenoskey, 21, of Clare, on June 22 for an unregistered license plate.

Shomin-Shenoskey accelerated and led the deputy through a residential area and continued into Wexford County.

Wexford County sheriff’s deputies and Michigan State Police troopers took up the pursuit. The chase ended when Shomin-Shenoskey crashed into a Michigan State Police patrol car, according to court documents.

He registered a .11 blood-alcohol content, documents state. He told the deputy he didn’t stop because he was afraid of going to jail because was drunk and on bond for a domestic violence charge.

Shomin-Shenoskey is charged in Grand Traverse County with fleeing an officer to the third-degree, operating while intoxicated and operating with a suspended license.

He remains lodged on 10 percent of a $25,000 bond. A preliminary examination is set for July 11.

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