TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Police Chief Michael Warren refused to release "dash cam" footage from one of the city's patrol cars that shows a pickup truck involved in a high-speed pursuit, despite his department's appeal for the public's help tracking down the suspect.
Speeds reached 80 mph in a dangerous Tuesday afternoon chase that featured a suspect in a red or maroon Ford Ranger pickup truck driving head on at a police patrol car. The suspect sped away and remained at-large after officers broke off pursuit amid concerns about public safety.
Police Capt. Jeff O'Brien on Wednesday said tips could help investigators find the suspect. He agreed to provide a copy of the dash cam video to the Record-Eagle, but minutes later said Warren refused to release the video, citing an "active investigation."
"We put out a pretty detailed description of the vehicle type and the color, and possible damage to the vehicle ... I don't think the video is going to expand on that at all," Warren said.
City police officials in the past have released video footage depicting suspects they sought in various crimes. Warren said he "couldn't answer that for you" on why the police chase footage is different from those situations.
"Right now, I've decided it's not a good time to release that," he said.
Warren said he's not concerned with how the footage might reflect on how his officers conducted the chase. He said if a suspect isn't arrested by Thursday morning that he'd consider releasing the footage then.