On Tuesday, June 11, 45-year-old Tracy Dean McDonald of Michigan was arrested in North Carolina following a high-speed police pursuit that ended in a crash, according to Mlive.com. McDonald was on the 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list of the Michigan State Police.
McDonald was wanted by police for violation of federal sex-offender registration rules according to the article, which said that he was also wanted for larceny by the Antrim County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators in the case said that McDonald violated the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection Act. The suspect was wanted for allegedly moving out of Michigan after failing to update his registration and failing to register as a sex offender.
On June 11, police witnessed McDonald and his girlfriend, Joyce Jannereth, getting into a vehicle that was said to be stolen. After leading police on a high-speed chase that went on for about five miles, the stolen GMC the couple was driving crashed. No one was injured in the incident, and the couple was arrested.
The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force had been in search of McDonald since November of 2012. While on the run with Jannereth, it was found that McDonald worked as a migrant laborer. He was suspected of committing several crimes including vehicle theft across several sates over the past year according to the news article.
Michigan sex crime attorneys understand the serious implications of failing to register as a sex offender. Individuals who do not update a registration when changing address as required may face fines of up to $250,000 and up to 10 years in prison, and may be supervised for a lifetime upon release from prison.
Whether you have been accused of a sex crime or failed to register or update information when changing employment or moving to another state, it is critical that you consult with a Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately. Sex offenses are punished severely in the state of Michigan; you must have a skilled and competent attorney on your side.