Casino thief leads police on 100 mph chase

Casino thief takes police on chase

BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - A poker player who stole from FireKeepers and leading police on a chase on Saturday evening faces charges for fleeing police, driving with a suspended license and resisting and obstructing arrest. 

According to Michigan State Police, FireKeepers Casino Hotel security alerted other law enforcement that a poker player stole money from a table pot on Saturday evening, around 7:30 p.m. and left the casino in a small, black vehicle. 

The suspect's vehicle from the parking lot, down Michigan Avenue and 11 Mile road onto I-94 on the eastbound ramp at speeds nearing 100 mph. Police were unsuccessful in stopped the suspect with stop sticks and ended the chase at around the 72-mile marker. 

MSP says a short time later, a trooper from the Paw Paw Post saw the suspect passing a westbound semi-truck on the right shoulder of the freeway. The trooper attempted to stop the suspect for reckless driving and another pursuit began. 

The suspect continued driving through Van Buren and Berrien counties before losing control of his vehicle and hitting a cable median barrier. 

Police say the suspect is a 33-year-old man from Tampa, Florida, who even after crashing his car, tried to run from the police. He was arrested in a ditch on the eastbound side of the freeway. 

He was taken to Lakeland Hospital for observations and treatment before being taken to the Berrien County Jail. 

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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