7.20.16: Kent County authorities attempt traffic stop but driver flees
KENT COUNTY, MI –(Mlive) – A state police trooper reportedly has minor facial injuries after a fight this morning during a traffic stop, triggering a 15-mile police chase.
The pursuit ended on I-96 at Morse Lake Road after the suspect’s vehicle, believed to be a stolen pickup, went through a field as police followed after him. Officers were able to box-in the truck on the highway shortly after the off-road segment of the pursuit.
The trouble began about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 20 when a trooper stopped a pickup truck at the East Beltline and Cascade Road.
Several witnesses then called 911 to report that the trooper was in an altercation with someone outside of the truck. The trooper may have been on the ground at some point, witnesses reported.
After the altercation, two people in the truck were able to drive away and the trooper got back into his cruiser and gave pursuit. Kent County sheriff’s deputies joined the chase.
The truck went east on Burton Street to Cascade Road, then east again to Morse Lake Road where it went into a field for a short time. Some of the officers followed the truck through the field.
Soon after, police boxed-in the truck and took two people into custody.
The trooper was being checked for facial injuries, which were described as minor.