Police Reports By Annette Christie
Vehicle chase leads to arrest Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that Van Buren County Sheriff deputies attempted to stop a Ford Explorer for a traffic violation when the vehicle fled from the deputy on Feb. 5. The deputy was able to pursue the vehicle through the townships of Hartford and Keeler when the vehicle ended up driving into a corn field near 68th Avenue and 62nd Street. Deputies maintained a visual on the vehicle until it left the corn field and entered a horse pasture. The vehicle crashed through the horse pasture gate entering back onto 68th Avenue and then onto 62nd Street. The vehicle traveled north on 62nd Street until it turned into a yard and crashed behind a house. The driver exited out of the vehicle and ran into the house where the vehicle crashed in the back yard. The female passenger was taken into custody after a short struggle with a deputy. Deputies surrounded the house with help from the Hartford Police Department and Michigan State Police. Deputies were able to call the suspect, Chase Porter, out of the house. He surrendered without incident. The Van Buren Narcotics unit conducted a search of the residence after speaking with the homeowner. The homeowner knew Porter. Detectives searched the residence and located several baggies of methamphetamine as well as methamphetamine paraphernalia. The 26-year-old female advised that during the chase she ingested a few grams of methamphetamine and wanted to let deputies know because she was concerned for her safety. An ambulance was called to the scene where she was turned over to medical staff and transported to the hospital for treatment. Porter, 19, of Hartford, was transported to the Van Buren County Jail to face the following charges: Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting and Obstructing, Possession of Methamphetamine, and a Fugitive Warrant. The 26-year-old female from Hartford, was not charged at this time. Charges will be sought at a later date and time. Abbott nominated for award The 2019 National Sheriff of the Year will be announced at the National Sheriff’s Association winter conference in Tampa, FL this week, Feb. 8-11. Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott is proud to announce that he is one of the Sheriff’s nominated for that award. To be considered for the award the nominees had to demonstrate their accomplishments not only in their office but involvement in the community. Over the past three years, he’s been able to add an additional K9 unit, bringing their total K9 units to four teams. The department added two aerial drones to assist with search and rescue efforts. “I have also been very active with assisting our dive team with recoveries in our inland lakes and waterways. As many of you have seen I am consistently out on the road assisting with traffic crashes, critical incidents, pursuits, and general traffic enforcement. I have made many positive administrative changes to include key personnel. I brought in Forgotten Man Ministries into the jails,” Abbott said noting some of his accomplishments. The Forgotten Man Ministry program gives inmates the skills to succeed in the community after being released from the facility. This program has proven to be very successful. The Narcotics Unit has doubled their drug felony cases. “I have partnered with other departments to continue battling the drug problems facing Van Buren County,” Abbott said. With animals being near and dear to him, one of his goals was to achieve a “no kill” status with the Animal Control Unit. “Since taking office, Animal Control has accomplished this goal two of the last three years which was the first time this has been accomplished,” Abbott said. Another huge success has been getting involved with the schools. Abbott and others at the office have been giving presentations about trends going on in schools, school safety, etc. “I have personally mentored several young kids who are struggling in life. I’ve built relationships not only with the children but schools as well. I’ve been able to attend many functions throughout Van Buren County as the keynote speaker. I am able to cover many different topics to educate our community and to listen to the needs of the communities,” Abbott said. Wanted fugitive arrested Sheriff Daniel Abbott reports that the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit conducted an investigation into the sale/distribution of heroin taking place in South Haven City, South Haven Township and Covert Township. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 detectives were conducting surveillance on a vehicle being driven by a 56-year-old male. Detectives advised officers with the South Haven Police Department K-9 team of the location of the vehicle and at approximately 3:10 p.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle that the 56-year-old male was driving. The vehicle stop was conducted in approximately the 24000 block of M-140 Highway in Covert Township. During the traffic stop it was found that a 28-year-old male was the front seat passenger of the vehicle stopped. The vehicle was searched, and four bindles of suspected heroin were located in the vehicle. The 56-year-old male was currently on parole and the 28-year-old passenger was found to have a valid warrant out of Kalamazoo for his arrest. The 56-year-old male was arrested for possession of heroin and a parole violation, the 28-year-old male was arrested for possession with intent to deliver heroin and for the outstanding warrant for his arrest. They were both lodged at the Van Buren County Jail. At approximately 4:30 p.m., after the traffic stop/arrest of the two subjects, detectives and officers with the South Haven Police Department executed a search warrant at the 56-year-old male’s residence, which is located in the 76000 block of 30th Avenue. The incident will be forwarded to the prosecutor for review.