Suspects in Leelanau County high-speed chase charged

Kitchi-Kishap Shomin, 32, was arraigned on multiple charges related to the Friday's chase in Leelanau County (Photo courtesy of Leelanau County Sheriff's Office).

LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The suspects involved in a police chase on Friday have been charged.

According to the Leelanau County sheriff, the chase started in Elmwood Township on County Road 641 north of Fouch Road around 2:40 p.m.

Deputies said the chase started after they tried to pull over a car a driver on Bugai Road, just north of Lincoln Road, for going 73 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.

According to investigators, the driver slowed down and stopped. A man, woman and a child got out and then the driver sped off with two other people still inside.

The deputy followed the vehicle on Donner, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph.

The chase ended in Suttons Bay Township in a farmer's field off of Pineview Road.

Investigators said the driver and one passenger were taken into custody in the swamp while the second passenger was arrested in the Village of Suttons Bay shortly after 5 p.m.

The driver, Kitchi-Kishap Shomin, 32 of Suttons Bay, is charged with fourth degree fleeing and eluding, malicious destruction of property, driving on a suspended license and third offense habitual offender.

Shomin's maximum sentence for the felony charge of fleeing and eluding is doubled due to the habitual offender charge.

Shomin is currently housed at the Leelanau County Jail.

The two passengers, Mauricio Southbird, 23 of Northport and Rudy Shomin, 25 of Lincoln, Nebraska, were both arrested on obstructing justice charges.

Both Southbird and Rudy Shomin have bonded out of jail.

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