Deputies: Wanted man arrested after chase

ALMENA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies arrested a man wanted out of Kalamazoo County after he led them on a high-speed chase Sunday.

Around 1:45 p.m., a deputy spotted a pickup truck headed west on M-43 in Almena Township, west of Kalamazoo, going about 30 mph faster than the 55 mph speed limit. But when the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the driver of the pickup didn’t stop.

Instead, he drove into a ditch to pass several vehicles. The driver then turned south of 30th Street, at which point he sped up to past 100 mph, the sheriff’s office says. He then turned east onto 38th Avenue, then north onto County Road 652. The driver continued on CR 652 past where it turns into Fish Hatchery Road. The vehicle then turned north onto Van-Kal Street, crossing into Kalamazoo County.

Finally, the driver came to a stop on Van-Kal Road near Wolf Drive and was arrested without further incident.

The driver said he hadn’t stopped because there was already a warrant for his arrest out of Kalamazoo County.

The sheriff’s office says deputies also found a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia in the suspect’s pickup.

The suspect, a 19-year-old from Vicksburg whose name is not yet being released, was jailed on the outstanding warrant out of Kalamazoo County, and is expected to face additional charging of fleeing and eluding and possession of marijuana.

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