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Driver leads deputies and troopers on pursuit through four counties

MSP Michigan State police cruiser file photo
Posted at 7:59 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 08:00:16-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — What began as a traffic stop by a state trooper in Berrien County became a pursuit at various speeds, sometimes over 100 miles per hour, through Berrien, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, and Jackson counties.

The pursuit began when a Michigan State Trooper tried to stop a vehicle for speeding, but the driver took off. When speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour, the trooper stopped the chase, according to a release from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department.

Another state trooper noticed the vehicle in Kalamazoo County, but the driver took off again. Pursuit was ended again, but the driver slowed to under the speed limit and crossed into Calhoun County.

State police tried a rolling roadblock, but that didn’t work because the driver struck a police car and sped off.

Deputies tracked the vehicle through Calhoun County after they picked up the trail, and stop sticks were set out on the pavement by Albion Department of Public Safety officers.

That worked, in that the vehicle hit the stop sticks and two tires went flat. But the driver kept going, slowly, for another 16 miles. The driver finally stopped in Jackson County, where she was arrested.

The driver is reported to be a 32-year-old woman from Illinois but is not being identified. She is being held in Calhoun County Jail on charges of fleeing and eluding police and driving with a revoked license.