Police: Suspect on the run after pursuit ends in Grand Rapids

Police searching for a suspect that fled highway chase.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are searching for a suspect who ran after a police pursuit on southbound US-131.

It all started around 4:15 a.m. Thursday.

Kent County dispatchers say police were following a man believed to have stolen an SUV from a business’s fenced in lot, driving the vehicle through a fence before heading onto the highway.

Deputies tried to stop the SUV near 17 Mile Road on southbound US-131, but the vehicle kept going.

Rockford police set up spike strips on US-131 around 10 Mile Road to disable the vehicle. The SUV hit the strips and continued on the highway, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities say the driver exited the highway at Ann Street where he ditched the vehicle. The suspect then got out and ran towards the northwest side of Grand Rapids.

Multiple police agencies and K-9s extensively searched for the suspect on the city’s northwest side, to no avail.

Police are no longer telling people to stay in their homes.

The description of the suspect was not immediately available.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s department at 616.632.6100.