Driver accused of police chase through three counties
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:47:05 GMT —
A driver is behind bars after a late night chase that brought backup from three counties before an arrest was made.
Sara Marie Williams, 34, of Traverse City, was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding police, possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle while under influence of a controlled substance in Kalkaska County. She will likely face charges in the other counties as well.
The Kalkaska County Sheriff's Office reports the high-speed chase started around 11:49 p.m. A late-model Mercedes Benz was speeding at 71 mph in a 55 mph zone south near Crofton Road.
The deputies used their lights and siren and the suspect's car began to stop, however, it pulled back onto US-131 and accelerated.
The deputy pursued the car, reaching speeds of up to 85 mph. Because of the icy conditions, the deputy lost control of his car and went into a ditch. He put out a call for help and gave a description of the car.
Wexford County deputies responded to U.S. 131 and E. 2 Road to help stop the suspect. Wexford County deputies found the car traveling south on U.S. 131 and made attempted to stop the car. A high speed chase down U.S. 131 continued until the driver was stopped in Osceola County.
Osceola County deputies deployed spike strips which deflated one of the tires on the vehicle. The driver was arrested and taken to Kalkaska County to face charges of fleeing and eluding police. The suspect will face the same charges in Wexford County.
Williams' bond was set at $250,000.
The chase involved the Kalkaska County Sheriff's Office, Wexford County Sheriff's Office, Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Cadillac Police and Michigan State Police.