Midland man accused of leading police on 100+ mph chase

Travis Sherwood
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MIDLAND (WJRT) (9/12/2017) - A Midland man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase that stretched 14 miles and reached speeds topping 100 mph.

Travis Sherwood, 38, faces several charges, including third-offense drunken driving.

He was arrested after police tried to stop his pickup truck at around 10:15 p.m. on Sept. 6.

A deputy from the Midland County Sheriff's Office pulled over Sherwood to investigate an improper license plate on eastbound U.S. 10 near M-30 in Lincoln Township, according to a press release issued Thursday morning.

Sherwood, who was driving a 1992 GMC Sierra pickup truck, initially pulled over and stopped, but took off eastbound on U.S. 10 while the deputy was conducting an investigation. Speeds quickly topped 100 mph before the suspect exited U.S. 10 at Stark Road.

The chase then traveled down Hull, Dublin, East Baker and Sturgeon roads before another deputy deployed spike strips, which deflated the front tires on Sherwood's pickup truck. He continued driving at speeds around 70 mph as the front tires disintegrated, eventually driving on the bare rims.

The press release says Sherwood hit a stop sign while turning from Sturgeon Road to head east on East Shaffer Road. But he was able to continue driving on the bare rims as the chase went down Eastman and Bombay roads.

Sherwood pulled over on Bombay Road near Eastman Road and ran into a wooded area. Police captured him there around 10:35 p.m. -- roughly 20 minutes after the chase started, according to the press release.

Sherwood was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding police, operating while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license. He remained in custody at the Midland County Jail on Thursday awaiting arraignment, police say.

Police also issued citations for having improper license plates, carrying an open container of alcohol in the truck and failure to carry proof of insurance.

The Midland City Police Department assisted the sheriff's office during the chase.



 
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