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2-state chase ends in St. Joseph County cornfield

St. Joseph Sheriff 02132021
Posted at 11:54 AM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-13 13:01:27-05

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. — A suspect was finally apprehended fleeing in a cornfield after a police pursuit through two states Friday night.

It all began at 7:58 p.m. when the chase began in Elkhart County, Ind., and then crossed the state line into St. Joseph County. The White Pigeon Police Department and Constantine Police Department engaged the vehicle in the area of Riverside Drive and Blue School Road.

First Constantine Police and then later St. Joseph County sheriff's deputies successfully deployed stop sticks, leaving the vehicle driving on two rims.

The vehicle continued eastbound through Centreville and onto M-86 through Nottawa and later onto Lepley Road, where it nearly struck a police car head-on. At that time the fleeing vehicle left the roadway, entered a ditch and then a cornfield, where it came to a halt and the driver fled on foot.

A short foot chase resulted in the driver being taken into custody.

There were no injuries.

The driver is being held at the St. Joseph County Jail on multiple charges including fleeing and eluding plus resisting and obstructing arrest.

St. Joseph County deputies were assisted by the Bristol, Ind., Police Department; the White Pigeon Police Department; the Constantine Police Department; the Three Rivers Police Department; LifeCare EMS; and the Colon Township Fire Department.