Apparent joyride ends in crash

MARQUETTE — At approximately 11:15 p.m. on April 1, a Marquette Police Department officer attempted to pull over a pickup truck with defective equipment for speeding on North Third Street near Magnetic Avenue. The truck failed to stop, increased speed and fled from the officer, police said.

The suspect’s vehicle traveled southbound on Third Street to the area of Mather Street, left the roadway, drove down the embankment and onto the U.S. 41 bypass. Officers lost sight of the vehicle at this time.

A short time later, a citizen, who had witnessed the truck driving down the embankment and onto U.S. 41, called 911 and reported the vehicle was now on North Seventh Street in Marquette. Police officers located it and again attempted a traffic stop. The truck again fled and a second pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit continued through various areas of the city, finally heading northbound on Marquette County Road 550. The truck eventually crashed through a gate at the entrance to the Huron Mountain Club and finally ran into a group of trees which stopped the vehicle. The driver exited the truck and was taken into custody nearby a short time later.

The driver was a 17-year-old male from the Kent County area of lower Michigan. The juvenile was transported to the Marquette hospital for evaluation and later released to his parents.

At one point during the pursuit, the truck struck a MPD patrol vehicle, causing some damage. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the incident.

A report will be submitted to the Marquette County Prosecutors Office to review various charges.


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