Suspect arrigned on charges connected to standoff

A Vestaburg man was arraigned in Montcalm County District Court on five charges connected to an incident in June as well as Wednesday standoff in Mecosta County, he's been held without bond. 39-year old Brandon Carl Clements was charged with domestic violence and unlawfully driving away an automobile after the incident that ended Wednesday. As for the rest of the charges, police in Montcalm County say Clements has also been charged with unlawful imprisonment, malicious destruction of property, and felonious assault, connected to an incident on June 16th, when deputies say he harassed his 32-year old ex-girlfriend. They say Clements followed her from her Mecosta County home into Lakeview, then rammed his car into hers several times, and blocked her path with his vehicle. The 32-year-old woman was eventually able to drive away to a gas station and call 911. Authorities say they found Clements a few miles away from the scene, questioned him, and found that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They took him to Kelsey Hospital to get a blood sample and because he complained of pain. An officer remained at the hospital until being told Clements would be transferred to a Grand Rapids hospital for further treatment. When the deputy left; Clements then walked out of the hospital. The Montcalm County Prosecutor's Office authorized charges. Police say another incident occurred Wednesday when Clements assaulted the victim then went to her home, that's when the almost 10 hour standoff began. He faces 30 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

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