2 arrested after chases in Indiana, West Michigan

Posted at 4:15 PM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-14 18:14:59-04

TROWBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two people from Indiana were arrested in Allegan County Wednesday after police chases in two states.

Police say Indiana authorities were pursuing the suspects and Cass County deputies joined as they entered Michigan.  When they drove into Van Buren County, state police say the suspects stopped the vehicle in the Paw Paw area at about 1 p.m. and fled on foot.

State Police Lt. Chuck Christensen says the two later met up with two other people who they knew from Indiana and got into a second vehicle.

A state police trooper noticed the vehicle’s Indiana license plate and tried to stop it. As the driver pulled over, authorities say one of the suspects pushed them from the car and drove away.

Police pursued that vehicle until the crash at about 5 p.m. near 102nd Street and M-40 in Trowbridge Township.

One of the suspects was identified by police as Anthony Blatz, who was wanted for outstanding warrants in Indiana. Authorities said the second suspect is his wife.  Her name was not released.

The two could face additional felony charges for the chase in West Michigan, Christensen said.

No injuries were reported. The third person in the vehicle was questioned, but police say there is no indication they were involved in any crimes.