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Van Buren County Car Chase Tears Through Woman’s Backyard

Posted at 6:24 PM, Dec 31, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-31 19:36:58-05

Van Buren County, Mich. – Van Buren County Deputies are looking for a man who led them on a high-speed chase on snowy country roads Sunday afternoon.

The chase started just before 1:00 p.m. north of Hartford.

Two residents who were stacking wood found themselves in the middle of the chase when the man sped by them through a lawn.

Bernice Herrington said the man was just feet from her as flew by with his door open.

“I was startled at first, yeah,” said Herrington.

“It was crazy. He was going really fast,” said Ruben Mireles, Herrington’s boyfriend.

“I was right here when I seen him, and I seen his door open,” said Herrington. “I was glad he knew how to drive.”

The man was so close, she said she was able to see his expression as he drove.

“He didn’t look drunk. He didn’t look scared,” said Mireles. “When he came by here he had on a hat, a cap, and he was looking out his mirror. I think he was looking to see if somebody was chasing him and he just hauled on out.”

Law enforcement was after the man for about 20 minutes as they followed him through ditches, down icy back-roads and hidden wooded trails.

At one point, he went down a narrow trail through the woods where a street was marked as a dead-end.

Eventually deputies called off the chase because it was becoming too dangerous for deputies and residents as the man went through a number of stop signs without stopping.

“He was good at whatever he was doing,” said Mireles. “I don’t know how he got out of that back. It’s ruddy, wet. My brother got stuck there on a four-wheel drive. I don’t know how he got down there in that little car.”

Deputies are looking for a dark green Honda Civic. The suspect is described as a white, bald man in is late 20s to early 30.

If you have any information, call the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department at 269-657-3101.