STANTON, Mich.- (WZZM and The Greenville Daily News) - A courtroom altercation sent several deputies on a chase late Wednesday morning in Montcalm County.
Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger said that Mark Dwayne McCuaig got into an altercation with sheriff deputies in the District 64 B Courtroom at the Montcalm County Courthouse in Stanton just before 11:00am. Deputies attempted to taser McCuaig, but because he was wearing bulky clothing, the tasering did not effect him.
McCuaig was able to escape the county complex in the car that a friend of his drove with him to the courthouse. He drove to a pole barn just north of Greenville where he barricaded himself in. About 30 minutes into the standoff, McCuaig drove through an overhead door in a motorhome, hitting a police cruiser.
With the garage door still attached to the front of the motorhome, McCuaig drove south on Greenville Road. Several deputies pursued. McCuaig to rammed several cruisers in the chase. A deputy was finally able to force the motorhome into a snowbank on M-91. McCuaig attempted to run away from deputies, and after several attempts at tasering him, he was taken into police custody.
One deputy was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. In all, six patrol cars suffered damage during the chase.
Wednesday afternoon McCuaig was charged 23 counts, including unlawful driving, fleeing and eluding, and malicious destruction of property. He was originally in court for driving on a suspended license. Under the new charges he faces a maximum sentence of 80 years in prison.
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