Crime spree suspect arrested after 100 mph chase, crash

Authorities block a portion of M-222/116th Avenue in Allegan County's Watson Township following a police chase and crash. (Oct. 31, 2017)

WATSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) –-  A man wanted for a long list of felony crimes is in custody after a police chase ended in a crash in Allegan County, authorities say.

It happened around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday on M-222/116th Avenue just west of 24th Street in Watson Township, east of Allegan.

Authorities say the driver, a 26-year-old man from Jackson County, was wanted for assault, unlawful imprisonment, carjacking and a gun crime. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office says officers spotted the suspect in Comstock Township, where he committed three home invasions on Savannah Avenue and stole a vehicle.

A short time later, the man gained access to a home on 44th Street in Ross Township and took another vehicle, leaving the first stolen vehicle in the driveway, deputies said. He then committed a fifth home invasion on East Gull Lake Drive, according to the sheriff’s office.

An officer with Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources spotted the suspect driving the second stolen vehicle near Dennison and 9 Mile Roads in Barry County’s Orangeville Township. A source close to the investigation says the suspect reached speeds of 100 mph while leading police through Barry and Allegan counties; however, troopers at the scene did not disclose speeds.

“We knew he was a wanted felon. I don’t the matter of all of the charges they were looking at that point, but we did know that we had a wanted felon with some weapons related charges,” said Sgt. Keith Disselkoen with the Michigan State Police.

His stolen white pickup truck eventually veered off the road and crashed. Authorities shut down both directions of M-222 near 23rd Street during the investigation, but the roadway has since reopened.

“The majority of this pursuit was on rural roads with light traffic. And it’s very fortunate that it ended prior to getting to a populated area,” said Disselkoen.

 

No one was injured in the crimes, according to authorities. The suspect was not seriously injured.

Authorities are withholding the man’s name until he’s formally charged in the case.