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Teens charged in vehicle theft after high-speed chase


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.


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Man leads troopers on chase

One man was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase.

One man was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase.

A man was arrested in Solon Township Tuesday after leading Michigan State Police on a high speed chase on US131 and west on 17 Mile Road.

According to Trooper Bozek, of the Michigan State Police, he tried to make a traffic stop on the silver SUV on US131, when it went by at a high rate of speed. The driver refused to stop, and instead reached speeds of over 100 mph while MSP pursued. The driver exited the expressway and then got back on, and finally exited at 17 Mile Road, and pulled over just west of Meijer.

According to a witness at Delta Tron, he heard the sirens and looked out, and said he saw police race to the vehicle and pull the driver out. He said there was also an adult passenger and young child.

Trooper Bozek said the man was arrested on outstanding warrants, and possible drugs found in the search of the car. “We won’t know for sure until they are tested,”  said Bozek. He said the man had no current address.

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Fleeing police lands man in jail

Willie Williams

A high-speed chase and crash that resulted in a burning car has landed a Grand Rapids man in jail.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officer Mike Stahl noticed a vehicle on Monday, April 25, about 11:40 p.m., that matched an earlier report that he had investigated where a vehicle left without paying for gasoline from a Cedar Springs gas station. When he followed this vehicle north on White Creek Ave to check the license plate, the vehicle ran a stop sign at Solon Street and sped away from the patrol unit.
The pursuit crisscrossed northern Kent County until the vehicle attempted a high-speed turn onto Wildwood Valley NE, a private drive that runs south off 20 Mile Road, west of Albrecht Ave. in Solon Township.  The driver lost control, went off the paved roadway and rolled over in the ditch.
The vehicle was resting on its sides, and the two occupants refused to exit the vehicle. Officer Stahl waited for additional units and then officers (CSPD Officer Mandy Stahl and Kent County Sheriff Deputy Warren Hansen) began a slow safe approach to the overturned vehicle. Officers noticed a fire had started on the undercarriage and alerted those inside.  The two suspects quickly exited the vehicle and were taken into custody.
Solon Fire and Rescue was called to the scene.  Both men declined medical care and were transported and lodged in the Kent County Correctional Facility.  The fire completely destroyed the 1998 GMC Jimmy.  This vehicle was reported stolen from the City of Grand Rapids on April 21, 2011.
The prosecutor’s office approved charges of “Fleeing and Eluding 3rd Degree for one of the two men involved.  Willie Lee-Wilson Williams, 19, of Grand Rapids was arraigned this Tuesday in 63rd District Court for the felony fleeing and eluding charge and as a habitual offender.  His bond was set at $5,000.00 cash surety.  The second subject involved was released from jail.  Investigating police agencies will continue to work this case gathering evidence to support additional charges.

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Ray Winnie
Kent County Credit Union


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