26-Year-Old Man Arrested After String Of Crimes Ended In Crash
After a long pursuit with law enforcement, a 26-year-old man from Jackson County has been arrested and is in police custody.
The incident began around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday on M-222/116th Avenue in Watson Township and ended in a crash in Allegan County, according to authorities.
The driver was wanted for a number of crimes, including assault, carjacking, unlawful imprisonment, and a gun crime.
According to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office, several officers saw the suspect in the area of Comstock Township, where he allegedly committed three home invasions on Savannah Avenue and then stole a vehicle.
Shortly after, the suspect was able to access a home located on 44th Street in Ross Township, where he took a second vehicle and abandoned the first in the driveway, deputies say. He then proceeded to commit the fifth home invasionat a house on East Gull Lake Drive.
Although troopers at the scene did not disclose speeds, an officer with Michigan's Department of Natural Resources say they spotted the suspect driving the second stolen vehicle near Dennison and 9 Mile Roads in Barry County's Orangeville Township at speeds exceeding 100 mph. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by 33% on the highway and 5% in the city, but that clearly wasn't this suspect's motive.
"We knew he was a wanted felon. I don't [know] the matter of all of the charges they were looking at that point, but we did know that we had a wanted felon with some weapons related charges," said Sgt. Keith Disselkoen of the Michigan State Police Department.
Eventually, the suspect crashed the stolen white pickup truck after swerving off the road.
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), over 37,000 U.S. residents die in road crashes annually, and if it hadn't been for the vigilance of law enforcement, this pursuit could've ended for the worst. Authorities had shut down both directions of M-222 near 23rd Street during the initial investigation, but it reopened several hours later.
The suspect was taken to a medical center to receive treatment for injuries sustained in the crash. Upon being discharged, he will be sent to jail.
Given the circumstances, this pursuit may seem more intense than most. However, Disselkoen feels that the situation could've ended much worse if it had occurred in a more heavily populated area.
"The majority of this pursuit was on rural roads with light traffic. And it's very fortunate that it ended prior to getting to a populated area," said Disselkoen.
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