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Car thief facing multiple charges after leading police on chase

Becky Vargo • Jun 1, 2017 at 2:26 PM

GEORGETOWN TWP. — Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an alleged car thief following a chase and crash in Georgetown Township on Wednesday.

The man faces multiple charges in the incident, according to Sgt. Cal Keuning.

The incident started in the morning when a Ford Focus was reported stolen in the Grand Rapids area. 

Someone notified the owner that her car was in a Family Fare parking lot on Butternut Drive in Holland Township. The owner went to that store with her brother and accosted the person driving the car, Keuning said.

The alleged thief quickly backed up the car, striking the brother in the hand. The car jumped the curb and left the area at a high rate of speed, the sergeant said.

Deputies later located the stolen vehicle in Georgetown Township. After a short pursuit, the car crashed in the area of 48th Avenue and Bauer Road, Keuning said.

Deputies arrested the driver and took him to Holland Hospital for evaluation. The man was in stable condition.

The suspect’s name was withheld pending arraignment on the charges.

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