Ingham Co. deputy crashes in chase; dies

A file photo of Grant Whitaker taken while he was a Stockbridge police officer. (Courtesy WLNS out of Lansing.)

STOCKBRIDGE, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver involved in the death of an Ingham County sheriff’s deputy.

The incident happened at around 2 a.m. Sunday during a car chase on Dexter Trail near M-52 in Stockbridge.

An Ingham County Sheriff's Deputy was killed during a police chase on Dexter Trail near M-52 in Stockbridge (Photo courtesy WILX-TV; December 7, 2014).
(Police near the scene where Deputy Whitaker crashed. Courtesy WILX-TV.)

According to Lansing NBC affiliate WILX, Deputy Grant William Whitaker was pursuing a suspect vehicle when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree. He died shortly after the collision.

The driver who was being chased and that vehicle have not yet been located.

Whitaker worked for the sheriff’s office for a year and a half and previously worked at the Stockbridge Police Department.

The Michigan State Police Department is handling the investigation.

Authorities have set up a tip line for the public to contact with any information about this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call or text 517.331.5634.

Stockbridge residents tell the Lansing State Journal that they’re honoring Whitaker, an area resident, by taking part in a national movement called “Lights On” and leaving their porch lights on, the Associated Press reports. It’s scheduled to run through December.

“There are a gazillion lights on in town right now,” said Jeremy Killinger, Stockbridge High School football coach. “It’s obviously truly sad. People want to know who did this. They want closure and justice.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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