Teen behind deadly pursuit crash enters plea

A Jan. 11, 2016 mug shot of David Michael Mills provided by Kalamazoo County Jail.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A teen accused of causing a deadly crash while trying to outrun officers without a legal license entered a plea on Wednesday.

David Michael Mills entered a guilty plea to fleeing and eluding police causing death, operating on a suspended license causing death and operating while intoxicated causing death.

Authorities say Mills was driving the vehicle that hit a car driven by Crystal Norton of Paw Paw. The 33-year-old mother was killed on Jan. 9, 2016.

An undated photo of Crystal Norton, provided by her family.
An undated photo of Crystal Norton, provided by her family.

The chase started 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 Mills, he drove through a parking lot and onto Kilgore Road at a high rate of speed.

It 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.

Mills and his 16-year-old passenger were not injured.

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