Battle Creek Police assisted when a high-speed chase entered the city, though officers did not take part in the chase directly.
The chase started at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Kalamazoo with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, and a car stolen from Battle Creek. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office took over the chase once the driver got on eastbound I-94.
The chase reached 100 mph and entered Calhoun County. The car exited I-94 at Capital Avenue, then drove on Beckley Road. Officers from Emmett Township and Calhoun County joined the chase, and Battle Creek Police attempted to block area intersections.
The suspect driver drove north on Riverside Drive and, before they could reach Columbia Avenue, a Battle Creek officer successfully used stop sticks, used to pop a suspect’s car tires in such cases. The suspect vehicle entered the intersection of Riverside and Columbia, hit another car, and stopped.
At about 5 p.m., police took custody of the 18-year-old young man driving, and four minor passengers. One passenger was taken to Bronson Battle Creek Hospital for minor injuries.
Kalamazoo County Deputies arrested the driver, who is in Kalamazoo County Jail on charges of fleeing and eluding, and possession of a stolen vehicle. Police released the minors to their parents.