PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old accused of causing a deadly crash while trying to outrun officers didn’t have a legal license, records show.
David Michael Mills will be charged with driving while his license was suspended, revoked or denied, causing death. Mills also faces a charge of first-degree fleeing and eluding a police officer, the prosecutor told 24 Hour News 8. Each felony comes with a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Authorities believe Mills was driving the vehicle that hit a car driven by Crystal Norton of Paw Paw. The 33-year-old mother was killed in the Saturday night crash.
It started around 9:15 p.m. Saturday when an officer with the Portage Department of Public Safety came across a vehicle that had recently fled a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer. When the officer tried to stop the 17-year-old suspect, he drove through a parking lot and onto Kilgore Road at a high rate of speed.
The chase continued southbound on Oakland Drive, and ended when the suspect hit Norton’s vehicle as she pulled out of a driveway in the 7900 block of Oakland Drive. Norton died at the scene.
The suspect and his 16-year-old passenger, both from Kalamazoo, were not injured. The passenger was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but has since been released.
The state has no history of Mills ever having a license, according to records obtained by 24 Hour News 8. However, his state record shows three suspensions for drug-related crimes between July 2013 and March 2015.
Mills is expected to be formally charged in the case Monday afternoon.