BEAVERTON – On Tuesday, Feb. 14 around 5 p.m., deputies from the Gladwin County Sheriff Department and undercover officers from the Michigan State Police arrested James Michael Beaudrie on several outstanding warrants. Officers had been tracking Beaudrie after he failed to appear for court months earlier, and a Felony Absconding warrant had been issued for his apprehension. Investigators say they had reason to believe that Beaudrie had fled the state of Michigan and was staying in Seneca, South Carolina.They say that they received reports that Beaudrie had returned to the area and had been seen in Gladwin City the week prior to his apprehension. Following leads, officers located Beaudrie in a private residence in Beaverton Township. Police say Beaudrie was spotted near the residence working on a pickup truck. They say Beaudrie ran into the residence as officers approached him. After a brief search, Beaudrie was located inside the residence, hiding in a closet, they added. Pollice also say that the house where Beaudrie was apprehended is a residence where drug activity had occurred in the past. Officers searched the residence in 2011 and say that at that time they had observed ammonium nitrate, filters, hot plates, and remnants of peeled lithium batteries, which are components used in the production of methamphetamine. At the time of Beaudrie's apprehension, officers removed a fouryear- old child, who was placed with a Child Protective Services worker from the Gladwin County Department of Human Services.
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