Police chase sparked by woman claiming to be police to get into school building
A 62-year-old woman was taken into custody after leading officers on a chase through Pentwater.
According to the Pentwater Police Department, the woman tried to get into Pentwater High School just before noon on Thursday by claiming she was working with law enforcement. She reportedly said she needed to use the bathrooms and inspect the cafeteria.
School officials became suspicious and did not let her enter the building. The suspect did not have access to students. They then initiated a lockdown and contacted the school liaison officer.
When the officer tried to stop the woman in the car she had left the school in, she accelerated and sped away. The officer then turned on his emergency lights and siren, and she refused to stop.
The chase traveled around the Village of Pentwater and the suspect eventually pulled over in the 200 block of South Hancock Street. The suspect then refused to exit the car, backed into the patrol car, jumped the curb and then drive north on the sidewalk.
The car then went east on Monroe Road to 88th Avenue and then south to Lake Road. The car then turned north on Oceana Drive and west onto State Street.
Unable to cross the State Street Bridge due to construction, the suspect drove off the road and tried to double back on the police cars. Police tried to block the path using their patrol cars but the suspect hit the cars.
She was taken into custody after a brief struggle with officers. She was then taken to Mercy Health - Lakeshore Campus for a psychiatric evaluation and was later involuntary committed to a psychiatric treatment center.
Two patrol cars were damaged in the chase, but no officers were injured.