A Wayland Post trooper attempted to stop a mini van that was speeding on southbound US-131, 99 mph in a 70-mph-zone. The lone female driver refused to respond to the trooper’s emergency lights and siren, increasing her speed to 110 mph and not even acknowledging the trooper.
When the pursuit entered Kalamazoo County, Rockford Regional Dispatch requested a patch through with Allegan County 911 to enable direct communication with all assisting officers. Through this communication patch, Schoolcraft police officers were put in position to deploy stop sticks, successfully deflating all four tires of the fleeing vehicle. Undeterred, the driver continued on the rims at speeds of over 80 mph. She eventually slowed to 60 mph and crossed the median, ending up southbound in the northbound lanes of US-131. With the assistance of a trooper, the mini van was brought to a stop, and the incident ended with no injuries and only minimal damage to the involved vehicles.
The 51-year-old female driver was lodged in jail on numerous charges. Paw Paw Post troopers, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Portage and Schoolcraft Police Department officers all assisted in the pursuit.