Woman involved in high speed chase arraigned.

April 22, 2020


Woman involved in high speed chase arraigned.


LUDINGTON — Tanya Josephena Hathaway, 39, of Ludington, was arraigned today in 79th District Court on three felony charges in connection to a high speed chase involving a stolen vehicle that began in Amber Township Tuesday afternoon and ended in Lake County.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report of a stolen vehicle in the City of Ludington shortly after 3:30 p.m., said Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole. A deputy on patrol spotted a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle on US 10 near Brye Road.

“When the deputy was able to get behind the vehicle and verify the registration as that of the one reported stolen, he and the Scottville Police Department attempted a traffic stop on US 10 at Tuttle Road,” Cole said.

“The vehicle failed to pull over and led deputies on a pursuit through Custer and Branch townships in Mason County,” the sheriff said. “The vehicle fled into Lake County, and at US 10 and Jenks Road, Lake County deputies and DNR law enforcement deployed ‘stop sticks” in an effort to disable the tires on the fleeing vehicle. The ‘stop sticks’ were effective in stopping the vehicle.”

During the arrest, Hathaway allegedly fought with several officers before being taken into custody, according to Cole.

The vehicle was stolen from the 600 block of South Washington Avenue, according to the Ludington Police Department.

Hathaway was charged with unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, a felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment; fleeing a police officer third degree, a felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment and/or a $1,000 fine; and assault/resisting/obstructing a law enforcement officer, a felony punishable by up to two years imprisonment.

In 2018, Hathaway was arrested by the Ludington Police Department for three felony counts of uttering and publishing and separately, two counts of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer and a misdemeanor of domestic violence.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled in 79th District Court for 1:30 p.m. on May 6. Bail was set at $5,000, 10% deposit. Hathaway remains lodged in the Mason County Jail.

The sheriff’s office was assisted during the chase by the Scottville Police Department, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, DNR — Law Enforcement, and the Michigan State Police.

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