Man who fled courthouse found in a Baldwin area home.

October 31, 2014


BALDWIN — Dylan James Hansen, the man who fled the Mason County Courthouse Wednesday, was caught at 5 p.m. Thursday by Lake County and Mason County sheriffs’ deputies. According to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, Hansen was found hiding in a bedroom in a Baldwin area residence. Deputies responded to that residence after receiving a tip.

Hansen, who is from Martin, Mich., fled the courthouse Wednesday following his 79th District Court sentencing for failing to pay fines/costs and failing to comply with sentencing guidelines resulting from domestic violence charges. Sheriff Cole said Hansen was not an inmate at the Mason County Jail at the time of his sentencing. In other words, Hansen had appeared in court that day on his own accord; typically police are not present in the courtrooms for such cases. When the judge sentences someone to jail, the defendant is often expected to report to jail on their own or law enforcement is called to the courthouse to escort them to jail.

After Hansen fled the courthouse, Judge Peter Wadel issued a contempt of court bench warrant for Hansen.springstead_carter_2

Other activity of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 included:

  • 7:09 a.m.: Car/deer crash, no injuries, U.S. 31 and Free Soil Rd., Grant Twp.
  • 4:49 p.m.: A 45-year-old Racine, Wis. man was cited for driving while licence suspended first citation following a traffic stop at Pere Marquette Hwy. south of U.S. 10, Pere Marquette Twp.
  • 7:02 p.m.: Car/deer crash, no injuries, Decker and Lincoln roads, Hamlin Twp.
  • 7:19 p.m.: Domestic violence, 6900 block of West Illinois St., Hamlin Twp. Case forwarded to Mason County Prosecutor’s Office.

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