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September 4, 2013

Pursuit suspect arraigned

TRAVERSE CITY — A sheriff’s deputy’s broken finger could mean extra prison time for a Grawn man.

John Henry Brace, 23, was arraigned Tuesday in 86th District Court on multiple charges stemming from a police chase through Blair Township last week. He was arrested Aug. 28 after he allegedly drove his SUV away from a traffic stop on Vance Road and then crashed through a fence and tried to run away from a Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputy.

The deputy tackled Brace and suffered a broken finger when the suspect continued to resist arrest before being handcuffed. Capt. Randy Fewless said county prosecutors authorized a resisting arrest charge with a stiffer penalty because of the injury.

“When an injury occurs it makes it a four-year felony,” Fewless said.

A typical resisting or obstructing a police officer charge carries a two-year maximum penalty.

In total, Brace faces the resisting arrest charge, as well as charges of fleeing and eluding, possession of oxycontin, first-degree operating while impaired and driving on a suspended license. He also had outstanding arrest warrants from Grand Traverse and Ogemaw counties.

Fewless said deputies requested a resisting arrest charge for one of Brace’s two passengers, a 24-year-old Mesick man, but the prosecutor didn’t authorize the charge.

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