Suspect arrested after break-in, chase

For police, it was the case of being in the right place at the right time. For the suspect, it was possibly not turning on his vehicle's taillights properly that gave him away, said Chief Roger DeYoung of the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department.
Becky Vargo
Dec 7, 2011


When it was over, DeYoung said a 28-year-old Ferrysburg man was in custody and was being held on a number of charges — including breaking and entering, vehicle theft, carrying a concealed weapon, and fleeing and eluding.

Spring Lake/Ferrysburg police officers Adam Hill and Greg Walski were in a patrol car near the Pizza Hut on Pine Street about 11:20 p.m. Monday.

“They were waiting for someone else to come out who had outstanding warrants,” DeYoung said.

That’s when they saw a Chevrolet Tahoe leave the adjacent Mobil gas station and noticed the sport utility vehicle did not have functioning taillights.

One of the officers left to stop the SUV and put on his overhead lights while traveling on Pine Street near Keenan Marina, DeYoung said. The SUV then accelerated rapidly and a chase began.

The high-speed chase covered more than 4 miles.

DeYoung said the suspect has a history of criminal offenses — mostly misdemeanors that include drunk driving, larceny, resisting and obstructing, disorderly person, and driving while his license was suspended; and one felony, delivery of marijuana.

The suspect’s name was not released pending arraignment, which could be sometime today, DeYoung said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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