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Road chase leads to arrests

Road chase leads to arrests
This ATV and side by side were two of the items recovered when the suspects were arrested. Photo courtesy of Dean Longcore.

Story updated April 23 with names of suspects and charges.

A nearly 40-mile road chase that spanned several counties and involved multiple law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrests of two suspects Monday that were wanted in a spree of thefts and breaking and enterings.

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office has recently taken several breaking and entering complaints as well as stolen ATV’s, vehicles, and a camper.  On April 19, 2021 during a breaking and entering in the area of Baseline and Thornapple in Wilcox Township, two suspects fled from the scene. 

This black truck led police on a chase through several counties Monday. Photo courtesy of Dean Longcore.

The suspect vehicle, a black truck hauling a 6 foot trailer with an ATV and a side by side on it that were stolen, was located by a Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Upon attempting a traffic stop of the vehicle on Mecosta County’s 7 Mile Rd near Elder, the suspect fled the Michigan State Trooper and Mecosta County Deputy. The pursuit continued down Northland Drive through Mecosta, Montcalm and into Kent County. 

Jordan Jeffery DeWitt

The driver, identified as Jordan DeWitt, a 36-year-old man from Evart, and his passenger, Christina Taylor, a 40-year-old female, also from Evart, were both apprehended a short time later after they had abandoned the vehicle in the Sand Lake area and had fled on foot into a wooded area.

Dean Longcore, of Pierson Township, said the trailer dropped some stuff in his yard, including the ATV and side by side.

Christina Lynn Taylor

The two are currently being held at the Mecosta County Jail.  The two are being held on multiple charges through the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office for a long list of thefts that have occurred locally in the past month.  These include three different counts of Unlawfully Driving Away of an Automobile; a count of Breaking and Entering a building with Intent; a count of Larceny in a Building; 2 counts of Larceny of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000; a count of Home Invasion; and a count of Larceny of Firearms from five separate Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office investigations. They are being held on cash/surety bonds ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.

The two also are suspected of numerous other thefts over the course of the last two months involving breaking and entering’s and the theft of ORV’s, RV’s, trailers, vehicles and firearms. 

“The arrests were the result of communication and teamwork from each of the agencies involved,” said a spokesperson from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office.

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office, Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police(Mt. Pleasant, Grand Rapids, Lakeview, Niles Posts) continue to work with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, , Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Big Rapids Department of Public Safety in identifying criminal activity and recovered/stolen property associated with Dewitt and Taylor.

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One Response to “Road chase leads to arrests”

  1. Greg says:

    That is a really rough 40…meth is bad, m’kay???


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