ALPENA, MI – An Alpena man wanted on outstanding warrants was not very cooperative when Michigan State Police attempted to stop him in a parking lot of the local Meijer store. He would lead officers in a chase that included both paved roadways and forest trails.
On Friday, January 29th, 2021, at approximately 2:15 p.m., a trooper from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Alpena Post was trying to locate a suspect, 23-year-old Jacob Kenneth Kuchnicki from Alpena, who had several outstanding felony warrants.
Kuchnicki was observed leaving a residence on M-32 Highway driving a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer and then enter the Meijer parking lot. When the trooper attempted a traffic stop Kuchnicki fled. The chase continued into Presque Isle County and ended in Posen.
The pursuit began on M-32 when Kuchnicki fled west until turning on N M-65. He continued on N M-65 until he reached the village limit of Posen. The pursuit continued down several side streets until he went off the road and began driving on the North East State snowmobile trails heading Northeast. The pursuit continued to Grand Lake Highway and ended on Polaski Road after troopers used a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver and the suspect’s vehicle went into a ditch. Kuchnicki then fled on foot and after a short foot chase he was arrested.
Kuchnicki was arraigned February 1st, 2021, in the 88th District Court in Alpena, on the original warrants from the November 28th, 2020 incident handled by the MSP Alpena Post.
He was charged with one count Possession Controlled Substance Methamphetamine/Ecstasy, one count Resisting and Obstructing Police, and one count Driving While License Suspended. His bond was set at $100,000 cash surety.
He was also arraigned for the latest charges which include one count of Fleeing and Eluding Third Degree, one count Possession Controlled Substance Methamphetamine/Ecstasy, one count Resisting and Obstructing Police, and one count Driving While License Suspended.
His bond was set at $150,000 cash surety. His next scheduled court appearance for both incidents is on February 17, 2021 at 2:45 p.m.
Troopers were assisted by a conservation officer from the Department of Natural Resources and deputies from the Presque Isle Sheriff’s Office.