On Saturday, February 12th at approximately 5:19 PM Officer Arnold with the Plymouth Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black 2011 Cadillac in the parking lot of Burger King.
The driver was identified as 38-year-old James Turner of South Bend. He failed to stop and fled from law enforcement in the vehicle. The vehicle was immobilized near the intersection of Kern Road and US 31 in South Bend after driving over a tire deflation device that was deployed by ISP on US 31.
Mr. Turner was arrested for an outstanding St. Joseph County warrant, resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of a legend drug. Turner was incarcerated at the Marshall County Jail and held on a $3,000 cash bond.
During the investigation, information was obtained that Brittney Dieter, 27, of Bristol was possibly at the Days Inn in Plymouth. She was the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the pursuit. She also had an active arrest warrant issued in the State of Michigan.
Plymouth officers located Ms. Dieter at the Days Inn and she was arrested on an outstanding warrant and for unlawful possession of a syringe. Ms. Dieter was incarcerated in the Marshall County Jail and held on a $1,500 cash bond.
They will both appear in Court on March 15th. Brittany Dieter will have her initial hearing in Marshall Superior Court III and James Turner will have his initial hearing in Marshall County Superior Court I.
Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.