MSP: Man leads police on chase; passenger hiding drugs

A man was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase through two counties. (Oct. 1, 2014)

SARANAC, Mich. (WOOD) — Police have found even more drugs after a man led officers on a high-speed chase that spanned two counties, dumping drugs along the way – but it took a CT scan to find them.

The situation began after 1 a.m. Wednesday when police received a call about someone driving erratically near US-131 and Franklin Street SW in Grand Rapids.

Police tried to pulling over the suspect, a 37-year-old man from Grand Rapids, but he continued driving at a high rate of speed to M-6, eventually making his way to eastbound I-96 and the Saranac exit in Ionia County, police said.

Police deployed stop sticks near the exit, although it’s unclear if the man hit them as he kept driving. He eventually came to a stop after running into a guard rail and was arrested.

Michigan State Police troopers at the scene told 24 Hour News 8 the man was throwing drugs out of the vehicle’s window throughout the chase.

A female passenger was in the vehicle at the time of the chase. She was taken to the hospital because troopers were concerned for her safety, as she was highly intoxicated after using heroin, according to MSP.

MSP officials told 24 Hour News 8 a CT scan at the hospital revealed more drugs were in hidden in the woman’s private areas.

Hospital staffers retrieved the drugs, which police tested and found to be heroin.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, is in jail and facing multiple charges in the case.


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