May 14, 2007 12:46 AM
WXYZ - TV - Detroit, MI
A Melvindale man -- identified as 35-year-old Jason Scott Cross -- won't say why he led police on an outrageous chase through Livingston County. It started when he hit 146 mph in his Corvette - and ended inside a Baymont hotel.
FROM LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF....
On May 10, 2007 at approximately 3:27 am, a Deputy from the Livingston County Sheriff Department was on eastbound I-96 near Fowlerville Road conducting stationary traffic enforcement with his radar unit.
At that time he observed a 2006 white Chevrolet Corvette traveling east at a high rate of speed. The Deputy obtained a speed-reading of 146 mph.
The Deputy then activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop. The driver of the Corvette failed to stop and continued east on I-96. The Deputy was involved in a vehicle pursuit until the driver exited eastbound I-96 at the Highland Road exit at which time he lost sight of the suspect vehicle.
A Howell Police Officer then observed the same white Corvette traveling east on Highland Road and Grand River at speed that was in excess of 97 mph. The pursuit was then reinitiated by Deputies from the Sheriff Department. The suspect continued east on Grand River through the Village of Fowlerville at high rates of speed and through a red light intersection.
The driver then fled briefly into Ingham County through the Village of Webberville and back into Livingston County via eastbound I-96.
The driver continued at speeds in excess of 130 mph. Stop Sticks were deployed by Troopers from the Michigan State Police and Fowlerville Police Department just east of the Fowlerville Road exit. The stop sticks effectively damaged the suspectï¿½s vehicle tires and the driver continued until the vehicle was disabled at the 131 Mile Marker. The driver then fled the scene of foot.
A search was conducted for the driver with several Livingston County Deputies including a K-9 unit. The Sheriff Department was assisted by the Michigan State Police, the Fowlerville Police Department and the City of Brighton Police Department.
The investigation revealed that a suspicious subject had checked into the Amerihost Hotel in Howell Township. After contacting the suspect, it was determined that he was the driver of the white Corvette.
The driver, 35-year-old subject from Melvindale was taken into custody without incident and was subsequently lodged in the Livingston County Jail for several counts of Fleeing and Eluding and is awaiting arraignment.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The use of a seatbelt is unknown at this time. The incident is still under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff Department.