Man faces charges after traffic stop

MARQUETTE – A Gwinn man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three charges that stem from a traffic stop arrest Monday night in Marquette.

Sean David McNamara, 26, is charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended license, second offense, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and resisting and obstructing police. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 3:45 p.m. Jan. 25 in Marquette County District Court. Bond on the first charge was set at 10 percent of $20,000 and 10 percent of $2,500 on the two additional charges.

The Marquette City Police Department reports the incident occurred at 9:55 p.m. Monday when police pull over a car McNamara was allegedly driving south on U.S. 41 South near Van Epps Place. The traffic stop was for minor traffic violations.

Police said McNamara pulled over shortly after the officer activated his emergency lights. Once stopped, McNamara allegedly existed the driver’s side of the vehicle and fled the scene. Police said they chased McNamara on foot and eventually apprehended him. The arresting officer deployed his Tazer while McNamara was allegedly climbing over a guard rail. He was taken into custody without incident.

A Marquette police K-9 unit was dispatched to the scene and a search of the suspect vehicle located a quantity of marijuana and paraphernalia, police said.

A female passenger remained in the vehicle when McNamara allegedly fled. After being interviewed by police, the female subject was released from the scene.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.