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May 13, 2013

Man arrested after jail break-in attempt

KALKASKA — Authorities arrested a Bellaire man on accusations he attempted to free an inmate at the Kalkaska County Detention Center by ramming his vehicle into the facility.

Sheriff David Israel said jail control officers heard loud banging outside the jail Sunday at about 10:30 p.m. They looked outside and saw a Chevrolet Suburban backing into the north wall. The vehicle drove off, but investigators were able to track a suspect to a wooded area about 12 miles south of the jail.

Israel said a special law enforcement response team was called in because police had reason to believe the suspect was armed and dangerous.

"We knew that up front," Israel said. "That's why we called the team."

The suspect, 45, was arrested this morning at about 9 a.m. and is expected to be arraigned today. Israel said the suspect seemed to be trying to free a female inmate. He said she also could face charges if it's determined she knew about the jailbreak attempt in advance.

Information on the inmate was not immediately available.

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