Arrest And Arraignment Of Leonard Man In Police Pursuit
The Lapeer County Sheriff's Office reports that Andrew Orlando, 27, of Leonard has been arraigned on multiple criminal charges. Orlando led area police on a chase for over 30 miles.
According to Lapeer County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday (2/14) at 7:29 PM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Officers with the Imlay City Police Department and Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to an address on Cedar Street in Imlay City. The initial call was referencing a stalking complaint with the alleged suspect at the residence.
It is alleged that a 27 year old male (Leonard) followed a 28 year old female (Imlay City) from her employment in Shelby Township to her residence. The female did not answer numerous phone calls from the male during the commute while he followed her. The relationship was acquaintances with several years of no contact. The female stated that the male previous engaged in behavior that she considered stalking that caused her fear.
The female did not enter her driveway due to fear and continued to a safe location immediately near. The male entered the female’s driveway and waited a period of time. A family member made contact with the male within the driveway and contacted 911 requesting police assistance.
Imlay City Police Officers arrived and the male aggressively fled in a 2006 Ford F-350. There was an active unrelated arrest warrant held by Almont Police Department.
Imlay City Police Offices initiated the pursuit at 7:34 PM. Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies joined and assumed. Almont Police Department, Dryden Township Police Department, Metamora Township Police Department, and the Michigan State Police Lapeer Post all eventually joined in.
The pursuit went mainly north in direction for over 30 miles. The pursuit went through Imlay Township, Goodland Township, Burnside Township (furthest point north was Burnside Road), Arcadia Township, and eventually returned to Imlay City.
The pursuit eventually returned to Imlay City and came to an end when the suspect failed to navigate a curve at Borland and Reek Road. The vehicle entered a field and became stuck in the mud at 8:20 PM.
Orlando was arraigned in the 71-A District Court. Bond was set at $250,000 (cash or surety) on the newly issued criminal charges. A $10,000 (cash or surety) was set on the unrelated criminal bench warrant for a narcotics violation. Orlando remains incarcerated in the Lapeer County Jail.