TRAVERSE CITY — A traffic stop in Traverse City turned into a high-speed chase that ended in a crash on U.S. 131 at the southern end of Wexford County.
A Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over a SUV for a registration violation on Saturday at about 11:15 p.m., but the driver refused to stop. The driver fled down Garfield Road towards Kingsley, then onto M-113 east to U.S. 131 at speeds up to 70 mph. Michigan State Police and Wexford County sheriff’s deputies department took over the chase when the car crossed the county line.
Authorities said the driver fled south on the highway, then turned around and drove north in the southbound lane. It came to a stop when the driver attempted to cross the grassy median and struck a state police cruiser.
The driver, a 21-year-old man from Clare, was arrested for fleeing and eluding police, operating a car while intoxicated, and driving on a suspended license.
He is expected to face similar charges in Wexford County.
The suspect told police he fled because he didn’t want to go to jail.
The passenger, a 24-year-old Charlevoix man, was also arrested for resisting and obstructing a police officer.