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      Case against 87-year-old man is dismissed

      The case against an 87-year-old Crystal Falls man has been dismissed. Donald Ray Lafountain was facing charges after leading police on a chase.

      Dickinson County District Court officials said Thursday that the charges against him were dropped by prosecutorial discretion. Lafountain has been admitted to a nursing home for long-term care.

      He was accused of leading police on a chase back in February. He was arrested after a pursuit that began on M-95 and ended on North US-2 in Iron Mountain.

      Lafountain reportedly made threats against employees at Edwards Chevrolet on two separate days. He was en route to the dealership when a sheriff's deputy attempted to pull him over.

      Authorities said he refused to stop and tried to ram another sheriff's vehicle and an Iron Mountain Police Department squad car. Lafountain's vehicle was blocked when he entered the dealership parking lot.

      He was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing a police officer and driving on a suspended license.

      He was due in court for a preliminary hearing back in February, but that was delayed pending a competency examination.