Speeder leads GH officers on high-speed chase

Police called off a high-speed car chase Saturday evening after a man pulled over for speeding took off and fled north on U.S. 31, police said. A Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officer was checking traffic speed with a radar near the intersection of Beacon Boulevard and Madison Street when he noticed a male driver going 44 mph in a 35-mph zone shortly before 8 p.m., Lt. Joe Boyle said. The officer pursued, and the driver pulled to the curb near U.S. 31 and Third Street in Ferrysburg, only to pull back into traffic as the officer pulled up.
Tribune Staff
May 2, 2011


By the time the suspect’s car passed the Van Wagoner Road exit, it was traveling in excess of 120 mph, Boyle said. At that point, the supervising officer called off the pursuit.

“It’s kind of a hard pill to swallow,” Boyle said. “We’re here to catch the bad guys — but when someone flees,” officers have to keep public safety in mind, he said.

The incident is being investigated with the help of the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department and other law agencies, Boyle said. Police were able to obtain a license plate number.

The suspect, once found, will likely face a felony charge of fleeing and eluding, Boyle added.


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