Called-off police chase, seconds later fatal crash

Deadly high speed chase

(NORTON SHORES, Mich.) UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.

Norton Shores Police said the chase had been called off prior to the crash that killed 92-year-old Duane Quigg and seriously injured passenger Elaine Carsok. 

Police believe that the car responsible for causing the fatal crash was a stolen vehicle, and the driver, a 39-year-old male from Grand Rapids, left Meijer with stolen merchandise shortly before the pursuit.

The driver took off after being initially stopped by police going North on Getty Street. Norton Shores Chief Jon Gale said the pursuing officer then went after the car with active lights and sirens. The chase lasted for not more than a few blocks, according to Gale. 

Police ended the pursuit due to the time of day and weather conditions.

The suspect sustained non-life threatening injuries and already had multiple warrants out for his arrest. 

1:25 p.m.

Norton Shores Police Chief Jon Gale says the pursuit of the suspect vehicle ended prior to the crash. They called off the pursuit because of weather and the of the time of day. 

The pursuing police officer was only seconds behind the fleeing vehicle when he crashed into the red SUV.

Michigan State Police are now in charge of the investigation. Police also say a female passenger in the SUV was injured and taken to the hospital.

12:11 p.m.

A high speed chase in Norton Shores ended with a crash, and there was one fatality. The chase ended at Broadway and Huizenga St. around 11:30 a.m. 

Norton Shores Police say a retail theft suspect sped away from a traffic stop. 

The driver being chased hit a red SUV. The suspect is being transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and the man driving the SUV has died. 

This is a developing story.

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