Suspect arrested after 90-mile, hour-long chase

Troopers box in a suspect's vehicle after an hour-long, three-county chase. (Courtesy Michigan State Police - April 15, 2014)
Troopers box in a suspect's vehicle after an hour-long, three-county chase. (Courtesy Michigan State Police - April 15, 2014)

PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say they arrested one person after chasing a vehicle for an hour across three counties Tuesday.

It started around 1 p.m. after the Portage Police Department received a report of two people using fraudulent credit cards at a Target, according to a release from Michigan State Police.

When the Portage officer tried to contact a suspect in a car, the suspect took off, police say. The Portage officer was dragged a short distance, but wasn’t hurt.

Portage officers chased the suspect and were soon joined by other Kalamazoo County agencies. When the suspect’s vehicle entered Van Buren County, sheriff’s deputies from that county and MSP joined the chase.

MSP said the suspect led law enforcement along both west and eastbound I-94 in Van Buren County.

At one point, police say, he swerved toward an officer in the median near Paw Paw who was preparing to throw out Stop Sticks.

As the chase continued, the suspect entered Berrien County and exited I-94 at New Buffalo. He was going too fast to turn onto LaPorte Road and wound up on an I-94 entrance ramp.

Troopers box in a suspect's vehicle after an hour-long, three-county chase. (Courtesy Michigan State Police - April 15, 2014)
(Courtesy Michigan State Police – April 15, 2014)

He tried to keep going, MSP says, but drove into a ditch. Troopers used their cruisers to box in his vehicle and arrested him.

In all, the chase lasted 54 minutes and covered about 90 miles, MSP says. No one was hurt.

The suspect, a 23-year-old from Illinois, was taken to the Van Buren County Jail on charges of felonious assault and fleeing and eluding, MSP says. Portage police will ask the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office to issue charges related to the credit card fraud.

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