Suspect In Police Pursuit Has Cases Bound Over
Friday, January 28, 2022

(COLDWATER) – One of the two suspects arrested in connection with a police pursuit and other charges has had his case bound over.

Branch County District Court officials say 35 year old Jason Work had a preliminary hearing and will have his case forwarded to Circuit Court. He is charged with two counts of driving away a motor vehicle, third degree fleeing and eluding along with assaulting, resisting and obstructing an officer.

Work will be arraigned in Circuit Court on February 14.

The other suspect, 20 year old Lilyan Blankenship will have her preliminary hearing in District Court on February 16. She is also charged with two counts of driving away of a motor vehicle, possession of meth, second degree retail fraud along with assaulting, obstructing and resisting a police officer.

Coldwater Police says they were notified on January 7 to be on the lookout for a silver vehicle. The automobile had been part of a theft that happened at a liquor store on the west side of Coldwater, when a woman left the store with a bag of items worth over $550 and didn't pay for them.

An officer spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the suspect auto drove away on U.S. 12 at a high rate of speed. It went down several residential streets and the officer stopped the chase twice because of safety concerns.

Police later found the vehicle on Hull Street near Wright Street where it crashed. Work and Blankenship were not at the scene. They were found and arrested the next day.