Police pursuit ends in Main Street crash in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - A high-speed chase through the Battle Creek area ended with a vehicle crashing into a building on Main Street.

Michigan State Police attempted to make a traffic stop at 9:24 a.m. Friday on eastbound I-94 near 11-Mile Road after seeing a seatbelt violation and a vision-obstruction issue in a white Ford Edge with Tennessee plates, state police Lt. James Coleman said.

The vehicle did not immediately stop. When it did and a trooper exited his car to approach the vehicle, it sped off and crossed over to westbound I-94, Coleman said. A pursuit involving five police departments and speeds of more than 120 mph ensued. Officers attempted to stop the car with tire-puncturing strips deployed at three or four locations, Coleman said.

The chase ended at Main Street and Alden Avenue in Emmett Township, where the car, which had been southbound on Main, crashed into the Ferrari's Salon and Boutique building on the southwest corner of the intersection.

The three people in the car -- two men and a woman, all from Illinois -- were not hurt, Coleman said. He said it was not clear why the driver of the car drove off after the initial stop.

At 10:30 a.m., Main Street at Alden was closed to traffic as police investigated the scene.

Police vehicles from Emmett Township, Battle Creek, Calhoun County and Marshall joined in the pursuit, Coleman said.

(2016 © Battle Creek Enquirer)


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