Bad Axe Man Threatening Suicide Arrested on Multiple Charges

BAD AXE, MI – On Sunday July 21st, 2019, at 11:13AM, Huron Central Dispatch received word from a Pigeon man that his friend just left his house with a knife and was going to kill himself in a crash on the Kinde Rd. curve, which is west of Gotts Corners in Lake Township.police chase

Apparently the distraught man was concerned over legal accusations that have been made against him and he wanted to die. He also threatened to smash into any patrol cars that got into his way as well.

Deputies Bismack and O’Brien, with the assistance of the Pigeon Police Chief, began looking for 23-year-old man identified as Shaun Nowiski and his Dodge Journey. Dispatch further put out a “BOLO” (be on the lookout) county wide to on duty police agencies.

While Shaun Nowiski was being looked for, he spoke to dispatchers’ different times during his travels, which took him through the different parts of the county, through towns such as Port Austin, Port Hope and Harbor Beach. That brought the Port Austin Police and the Harbor Beach Police into the search as well.

Nowiski was eventually spotted south of Harbor Beach on M-25, near Leppek Rd., going 96 mph. Officers attempted to stop him, which turned into a pursuit at speeds over 100 mph. At one point he attempted to force a Harbor Beach Patrol Car to collide with him by slamming on his brakes. After many miles of pursuit on low traffic roads, it was terminated when it got onto Verona Rd., north of M-142.

Mr. Nowiski continued south on Verona Rd. from M-142 before he went into Bad Axe. There he called dispatch once again and wanted to talk with Deputy Bismack at Wilcox Park. Deputy Bismack responded and met briefly with him, attempting to defuse the situation. Shaun Nowiski eventually threatened to stab himself with the knife that he had in his possession. It was at that time that he fled north bound on Whitelam Street. While doing so, he drove his vehicle through the curve, crashing the car into a field.

With the suspect injured and airbags deployed, Mr. Nowiski refused to get out of the car. He was finally forcibly removed by responding officers when Deputy Bismack used a window punch to break glass.

After he was treated for his injuries, he was lodged in Huron County jail on multiple charges. This afternoon Mr. Nowiski was formally charged and arraigned in District Court for felony fleeing and eluding, felony resisting and obstructing and misdemeanor reckless driving. Further charges are being considered. He remains in our jail needing $50,000 to be released.

Besides already listed, assistance was also received from the Bad Axe Police Department, Bad Axe Fire, Central Huron Ambulance and a Michigan Conservation Officer.

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