TRAVERSE CITY — Police seek leads on a suspect who led them on a high-speed through Traverse City before they called it off.

The chase began Tuesday about 1 p.m. when an officer spotted a speeding motorist in a pickup truck on Munson Avenue head into city limits, said Traverse City police Capt. Jeff O'Brien. He said speeds eventually reached 80 mph before officers stopped the chase because of safety concerns. 

The suspect managed to elude police, who are continuing an investigation. O'Brien said police spent this morning pursuing a lead, but don't believe it's linked to the chase.

"Nothing panned out on the tip," he said.

An officer pursued the suspect after he clocked the vehicle at 60 mph in a 35 mph zone near Tom's East Bay Food Market. O'Brien said there appeared to be just one person in the truck, a red or maroon Ford Ranger, but they're unsure whether the suspect is a man or woman. He said snow covered the license plate.

The officer followed the truck south down Airport Access until they reached a dead-end at the Coast Guard base. O'Brien said the suspect turned around and came at the officer "head-on" before turning onto Parson Road, where another officer picked up pursuit.

"We called the chase off because it was speeding," he said.

Grand Traverse County sheriff's Capt. Chris Clark said deputies assisted until the chase was ended.

O'Brien said a witness may have spotted the truck near Three Mile and U.S. 31 with a flat tire. He said investigators seek help from the public tracking down the truck and suspect. Tips can be made by calling detectives at 231-995-5152 or the anonymous tips line at 231-947-8477.

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