ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI – A man was arrested this weekend following a police pursuit in West Michigan that ended with the suspect crashing his car on the side of the highway and attempting to carjack another vehicle.
Police are withholding the suspect’s name until he is arraigned, according to an Allegan County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The incident began when an Allegan County sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 12, on M-222 in Watson Township, the release said.
The driver of the vehicle fled from the deputy and eventually pulled a U-turn in a parking lot, crashing his vehicle into the police cruiser and disabling it. The suspect’s vehicle was still drivable, and he fled the scene, police said.
A Michigan State Police trooper later saw the suspect vehicle on U.S. 131 and tried to pull him over, but the suspect continued to flee from police. The trooper chased after the vehicle until the suspect crashed his car into the highway median just north of the exit to Martin, according to the release.
The suspect ditched the crashed vehicle and escaped on foot into southbound traffic, attempting to carjack a vehicle that had stopped on the roadway nearby.
Police said the suspect forced himself into the driver’s seat of the carjacked vehicle and tried to drive away, but police arrived on the scene and were able to pull him from the vehicle before he could escape.
The suspect was arrested on multiple criminal charges as well as on outstanding warrants, according to the news release.
The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police, Allegan Police Department, Otsego Police Department and Gun Lake Tribal Police.
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