Man arraigned in chase, crash that killed deputy

Mug shot of John Kelsey II.


MASON, Mich. (AP) — A 34-year-old man has been arraigned in the death of an Ingham County sheriff’s deputy who crashed his patrol car during a chase earlier this month.

John C. Kelsey II of Stockbridge was charged Monday in Mason’s 55th District Court with first-degree fleeing/eluding causing death and operating a vehicle on a suspended license causing death.

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

Deputy Grant Whitaker was chasing an SUV before the crash Dec. 7 near Stockbridge, about 40 miles southeast of Lansing. The 25-year-old’s funeral was Friday. A $10,000 reward was offered for information about the driver and passengers in the SUV.

Whitaker was a sheriff’s deputy for less than two years after serving with police departments in Stockbridge and Waterloo Township. He was a graduate of Stockbridge High School.

A memorial fund has been set up at Mason State Bank in Mason.

Kelsey’s bond is set at $1 million. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Dec. 23.

An announcement is planned for Monday afternoon by Michigan State Police and the Ingham County prosecutor’s office at the state police headquarters Lansing.

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