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June 23, 2014

Buckley man charged in police chase

TRAVERSE CITY — A dragging muffler tipped Grand Traverse County sheriff's deputies to a suspected drunken driver who led them on a vehicle chase down county back roads.

Adam Leroy Durga, 29, of Buckley, sobered up in Grand Traverse County's jail after authorities said he blew a .28 on a blood-alcohol test following an early Saturday morning chase.

Sheriff's Lt. Brian Giddis said the pursuit and eventual arrest began when a witness called dispatchers about a potentially dangerous driver weaving down Blair Townhall Road headed east.

"The witness who called 911 said they saw a green Jeep dragging a muffler that was sparking and they were crossing the center line," he said.

The witness drove behind the vehicle until a sheriff's deputy caught up on East Arbutus Road. A police report states three patrol cars tried to pull over the vehicle, but the driver instead took them down the twists and turns toward Supply Road.

The vehicle swerved "all over the road" into oncoming lanes of traffic during the chase, the report states.

"It was normal highway speed. He just wasn't stopping," Giddis said.

Giddis said deputies decided to set up Stop Sticks -- a device designed to puncture tires -- but the driver didn't make it that far.

The police report states the driver lost control on a sharp curve on Broomhead Road, went off the road and rolled onto its passenger side. The uninjured driver crawled out the car's open sun roof before deputies took him into custody.

Prosecutors today authorized charges against Durga for third-degree fleeing and eluding and operating with a high blood-alcohol content. He's also charged as a habitual offender.

Wexford County authorities already sought Durga's arrest on an outstanding felony warrant.

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