Police: No AK-47 found in multi-county chase - WNEM TV 5

Police: No AK-47 found in multi-county chase

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A 17-year-old male was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly fleeing from police in connection to a stolen vehicle case.

The Tuscola County Sheriff's Office investigated a stolen vehicle complaint near Richville on Wednesday. The vehicle information was entered into a statewide database as a stolen vehicle.

Later that night, after 11 p.m., a Michigan State Police trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding and a chase ensued, the Tuscola County Sheriff's Office said.

That vehicle was the one that was reported stolen.

The chase entered into Saginaw County and law enforcement from that area took over. The chase continued around the Frankenmuth area and ended up back in Tuscola County, the sheriff's office said.

The chase covered 68 miles and reached speeds of 100 miles per hour. It lasted about 90 minutes.

As the pursuit was underway, law enforcement received reports the driver may be in possession of an AK-47 and had unknown people in the car, the Frankenmuth Police Department said. However, Tuscola County Sheriff's Office said no AK-47 was found. 

Police were not sure if the other occupants were victims of abduction, carjacking or other suspects, police said.

Deputies set up spike strips, which flattened all four tires on the vehicle.

The suspected driver, a 17-year-old from Bay City, came to a stop at Birch Run and Bray Road.

"[The driver] has no regard for his own life. He had five passengers inside this vehicle also. And has a blatant disregard for the motoring public," Frankenmuth Police Chief Don Mawer said.

Once the vehicle was stopped the suspect ran off on foot and was captured, the sheriff's office said. There were other occupants in the vehicle as well who were also apprehended, the sheriff's office said.

Mawer said the fate of those in the car could have been worse because authorities were seconds away from performing a pit maneuver. It is a move to ram the car and force it off the road.

Mawer said the move could always be deadly so he urges everyone not to flee from police.

"The price is too high to be paid. It's not worth running. So many times these end up in tragedy, either the suspect's vehicle crashes or they crash into an innocent victim," Mawer said.

The driver was arrested on multiple charges including fleeing and eluding, unlawfully driving away an automobile, resisting and obstructing officers. Additional charges are also pending against the driver.

The driver was suspected of threatening a person in Bay City, the sheriff's office said citing a Bay City Department of Public Safety report.

The driver was out on bond for home invasion, the Frankenmuth Police Department said.

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