Three teens, including two from Cedar Springs, led Mackinac County Sheriff deputies on a high speed chase last Friday, reaching speeds of over 100 miles an hour before crashing.
According Mackinac County Sheriff Scott Strait, deputies were called to a larceny of gas at a Naubinway service station at 8:05 a.m. on Friday, October 11. Deputies found the vehicle westbound on US2 near Gould City at 8:15 a.m. The driver of the vehicle, Levi Hamilton, 18, of Fremont, initially stopped for the deputy, but then sped away with his two passengers, Vance Demorest, 17, of Cedar Springs, and a 16-year-old female, also of Cedar Springs.
The vehicle fled at speeds of over 100 mph before failing to negotiate a “T” intersection and crashing. The deputy immediately arrested the driver, but his two passengers fled into the woods. Additional deputies were called in, along with K-9 units from the Michigan State Police and motor carrier officers, Michigan Conservation Law Officers, and Luce County deputies. Demorest and the female were apprehended a short time later by the MSP K9 teams and deputies. No one was injured.
Hamilton, the driver, was arraigned on several charges in 92nd District Court in Mackinac County. The charges include attempting to flee or elude police and possession of a stolen vehicle, both 5-year felonies, and four misdemeanors, including contributing to the delinquency of a minor, larceny of gas, reckless driving and a license plate violation.
Demorest was also arraigned on charges of attempting to flee or elude police and possession of a stolen vehicle, and two misdemeanors, including contributing to the delinquency of a minor and larceny of gas.
Both are being held on $20,000 bonds.
The female juvenile was turned over to juvenile authorities.
The car reportedly belonged to the mother of the juvenile.