Alpena woman leads deputies on slow ride

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Ellen McGehee

An Alpena woman is free on bond after leading a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a slow chase through southeastern Carroll County on April 10.

Ellen McGehee, 45, is facing charges of felony aggravated assault and felony fleeing, along with driving on a suspended license, failure to submit to an arrest, no proof of insurance, disorderly conduct and careless and prohibited driving after failing to stop for a deputy who was attempting to make a traffic stop.

According to a probable-cause affidavit written by CCSO deputy Daniel Bensal, the incident began at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, when he spotted McGehee driving a maroon minivan on County Road 914.

Bensal said he recognized her from previous experiences and knew she had a suspended driver’s license from a previous charge of driving while intoxicated.

Bensal writes that when he attempted to pull her over, “Ellen began waving her arms out the window and flipping me off and continue driving down CR 914 at speeds of approximately 20 miles per hour.”

After he advised dispatch that McGehee wasn’t stopping, deputy Cory Hall arrived to provide assistance.

“Ellen continued south on 914 yelling out the window,” Bensal wrote. “I attempted to pass the vehicle on the right side. The vehicle swerved to the right forcing me to slam on the brakes to keep from crashing into the ditch and into trees. I made a second attempt to pass the vehicle and was successful.”

At that point, Bensal said he positioned his vehicle sideways in the road, attempting to block McGehee’s progress. Instead, she drove off the road and into the ditch, passing Bensal’s vehicle and continuing south on CR 914 before eventually pulling into a driveway and getting out of the van.

Bensal said he approached McGehee with his Taser drawn and ordered her to the ground.

“I told Ellen to put her hands behind her back,” Bensal wrote. “Ellen began to resist and would not bend her arms. I placed Ellen in handcuffs behind her back-double lock and check for proper fit. I assisted Ellen to her feet, searched her person and secured her in the backseat of my patrol vehicle.”

Bensal transported McGehee to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, while Hall stayed on the scene to wait for a tow truck.

During the wait, Hall reported he was unable to do a proper inventory of the vehicle because of a very aggressive dog, described as a “pit bull,” in the vehicle.

According to the sheriff’s department, the dog was eventually collected by Berryville Animal Control and transported to the pound.

McGehee was released on April 13 on a $10,000 bond, ordered to report to Berryville Circuit Court on May 24, and given the needed information to collect the dog from Animal Control.

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