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April 30, 2014

Low-speed police chase ends in arrest

TRAVERSE CITY — A Kingsley man is accused of drunken driving and leading authorities on a slow-speed vehicle chase down Keystone Road.

Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Giddis said deputies late Monday arrested a driver, 31, after a spike strip deflated three tires on his vehicle, ending the pursuit.

Speeds in the chase reached 50 mph.

“It wasn’t a real high-speed chase,” Giddis said. “It just didn’t stop.”

Giddis said the incident began at about 11 p.m. when a deputy patrolling Hammond Road had to move from the path of an oncoming SUV.

He said the deputy narrowly avoided being hit, turned around and saw the SUV slide sideways while turning south onto Keystone Road.

“He activated his emergency lights and sirens to stop the vehicle,” Giddis said. “The vehicle continued southbound on Keystone Road at about 50 mph.”

Giddis said the driver swerved across all lanes on Keystone Road during the chase. He said another deputy laid out Stop Sticks at Chums Corners that stopped the runaway vehicle the driver turned from M-37 onto Vance Road.

Deputies have requested charges of of fleeing and eluding, operating while intoxicated and possession of marijuana. Giddis said the suspect had a 0.18 blood-alcohol content.

 

 

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