A driver accused of fleeing the scene of an accident is in Marquette County Jail awaiting arraignment.
Marquette County Central Dispatch received a 911 call around 1:00 Saturday morning reporting that a vehicle had fled the scene of an accident on US 41 in Marquette Township. Dispatchers put out an area broadcast with a description of the vehicle as it fled westbound on US 41. Michigan State Police Troopers saw the suspect vehicle speed past the Negaunee Post shortly after, and began their pursuit with lights and sirens activated.
The driver of the suspect vehicle refused to stop. Two state police cars were able to box in the vehicle, reducing the suspect’s speed considerably. As the pursuit reached the intersection of US 41 and Oak Street in Negaunee one of the troopers used the patrol car to exact a precision immobilization technique (P.I.T.) causing the suspect vehicle to slid sideways and come to a stop on the highway. Troopers are trained to perform this
technique to bring a fleeing vehicle to a stop in a manner that is as safe as possible.
The suspect was taken into custody at the scene and lodged at the Marquette County Jail for fleeing and eluding police in addition to several other charges.
There were no injuries and only minor damage occurred to both vehicles.
The incident remains under investigation pending review by the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office. The name of the driver will not be released until charges are authorized and the suspect is arraigned in the 96th District Court of Ishpeming.
The Marquette County Sheriff’s Department and the Negaunee City Police assisted troopers in the operation.