Low-speed chase through Lapeer County ends with driver stopping for gas

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LAPEER COUNTY (WJRT) (4/25/2019) - A 16-mile chase through through mostly rural areas of Lapeer County on Tuesday ended when the driver stopped to get gas.

The Imlay City Police Department attempted to pull over the gray 2014 Ford Explorer on M-53 because police say it was driving without headlights on after dark at 9:30 p.m. Only the four-way flashers were activated.

The 43-year-old man from Rochester continued driving north on M-53 at around 50 mph while police continued chasing him. The Lapeer County Sheriff's Office joined the chase as it left Imlay City and entered Goodland Township.

Michigan State Police and the Marlette Police Department also took part in the chase as it continued for 16 miles on M-53. Speeds stayed around 50 mph the whole time, police say.

The chase ended when the Rochester man pulled into a gas station at the intersection of Burnside Road and M-53 in Brown City. Police say he pulled next to a gas pump, got out and prepared to start pumping gas.

The 43-year-old suspect did not cooperate with police as they tried to arrest him. Officers deployed a Taser to get him under control.

He was taken to the Lapeer County Jail and charged with fourth-degree fleeing and eluding, along with two counts of resisting, obstructing or assaulting a police officer.

A Lapeer County District Court magistrate tried to arraign the Rochester man on Wednesday and Thursday, but could not complete the proceedings. The sheriff's office said he refused to comply with police and court staff, which created safety concerns.

The suspect was taken to another county jail awaiting arraignment.