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Police in Mecosta Co. involved in high speed chase; suspect arrested

Deputies from Mecosta County Sheriff's Office were involved in a high speed chase involving a suspect connected to a break-in in Osceola County.


According to a press release, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a passenger car in Big Rapids Township.  The vehicle fled as soon as the Deputy turned around to follow it .  The vehicle ran a stop sign and accelerated heading eastbound towards the City of Big Rapids.  The pursuit was called out and stop sticks were set up inside the City of Big Rapids.  The suspect then drove around the stop sticks and continued fleeing.  The suspect then turned down a dead end street and when officers attempted to block him in, the suspect accelerated nearly striking the patrol car.  The suspect continued fleeing through the City of Big Rapids and then through the edge of Ferris State University.  


The vehicle headed south and then headed westbound into Newaygo County.  Deputies continued to pursue the vehicle and the suspect driver then began throwing items out of the fleeing passenger car.  Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit near Woodville.  The fleeing suspect continued fleeing spike strips were used on the suspect.  The suspect swerved at pursuing patrol cars and continued for several miles and also continued throwing items from the vehicle.  A Newaygo County Patrol car did receive damage as it was struck with some of the items thrown from the suspect.  The suspect drove off the road down a private 2-track and eventually back onto the road.  The pursuit continued for several more mile where the suspect eventually collided with a patrol car and left the roadway.  The suspect was then blocked in and was taken into custody. 


No officers or civilians were injured during this pursuit.  The vehicle was found to be full of stolen property and the driver admitted to have committed a Breaking and Entering in Osceola County just prior to fleeing from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies were able to also recover many stolen items that were thrown from the suspect vehicle during the pursuit.   Deputies were able to identify the address where the theft had taken place and the Michigan State Police did respond to and address in southwestern Osceola County and took a related Breaking and Entering complaint.  Deputies were assisted by Ferris State University Police, Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, and the Michigan DNR.  Anyone with information regarding any breaking and entering’s in the area urged to contact their local Sheriff’s Office or the Michigan State Police – Mt. Pleasant Detachment.


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