SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich. --
Charges have been brought against the man accused of fleeing police in a chase that resulted in the death of Michigan State Police Trooper Jeffrey Werda.
Carl Entrekin, 23, of Oakley, was charged Thursday with driving with a suspended license, three counts of possessing or using marijuana, as well as manslaughter fleeing and eluding causing death.
Authorities said originally Entrekin was pulled over for defective equipment, but instead of pulling over, he fled, reportedly because his license was suspended. He was captured and arrested by Saginaw County Sheriff's deputies at the Stoddart mobile home park om M-52 shortly after the trooper's death.
MSP officials said Werda was driving to assist the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department with that pursuit when his cruiser spun out of control while traveling westbound on Birch Run Road in Taymouth Township.
While he was driving on Birch Run Road, just west of Morrish Road, Werda's vehicle swerved sharply to the left, rolled several times near a drainage ditch, and left a debris trail several hundred feet long.
If convicted on the fleeing and eluding charge, Entrekin could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. He’s being held at the Saginaw County Jail on $70,000 bond.
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