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K-9 tracks down suspect who fled Alcona courtroom

Submitted by on January 11, 2019 – 12:28 amNo Comment
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A 21 year-old man fled a courtroom in Alcona County Wednesday, after he learned he was being taken back to jail on pending charges.

Mason William Stafford was discharged from the county’s drug court program for failing to comply with terms and conditions; and was waiting to be transported back to the Iosco County Jail where he is being held on multiple charges.

But as soon as Stafford learned of his fate from the drug court program he ran out of the courtroom and out of the building.

A K-9 team from the State Police post in Alpena tracked Stafford for approximately a half mile and found him hiding under a downed tree in a wooded area.

On Thursday Stafford pleaded guilty to a new charge of escaping lawful custody and will be sentenced on January 23.

Stafford is from National City, just east of Whittemore.  According to the Oscoda Press, police pulled him over for speeding in the Tawas City area on August 3, 2018.  Following an investigation, which included a search of his vehicle, Stafford was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, possession of heroin, operating a vehicle while license suspended, and possessing a weapon without a license.

He is currently being held on a $200,000 bond.

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