High speed chase suspect arraigned.

May 28, 2020

Espinoza

High speed chase suspect arraigned.

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LUDINGTON —James Thomas Espinoza, 27, of 1833 Palace Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, was arraigned in 79th District Court on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and reckless driving. Espinoza was arrested Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by Scottville Police Department following a high speed chase that began in Scottville and ended in Branch Township.

Scottville Police Officer Katrina Skinner was patrolling the 200 block of East State Street Tuesday around 9 p.m. when a black passenger car traveling eastbound went past the patrol unit, Chief Matt Murphy said.

“Scottville Police Department observed the vehicle passing cars well over 100 mph as the vehicle continued east out of town,” said Murphy. “Scottville police were able to get the vehicle safely stopped after catching up to the vehicle in the Branch area on US 10. While attempting to stop the vehicle, speeds ranged from 120 mph to 130 mph.

“After an investigation, the 27-year-old male was arrested for OWI and reckless driving.”

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on June 8, 2020. Bail was set at $5,000, 10% deposit.

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