By Pat Maurer
A high-speed chase through three counties early Wednesday morning involved three police departments and led to a serious accident in Clare County.
According to a release from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, deputies attempted a traffic stop for speeding on a Ford Focus on M115 in Freeman Township around 2:05 a.m. October 5.
Reportedly the vehicle was traveling at 85 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. The suspect vehicle refused to stop and sped away. It was clocked at over 100 miles per hour at times.
Deputies pursued the vehicle into Osceola County, where troopers from the Michigan State Police took over the pursuit.
Troopers from the Reed City and Cadillac Posts and Osceola County Sheriff’s Department Deputies continued the pursuit through Osceola County into Missaukee County and back into Osceola County where the vehicle turned east on M-61 and crossed back into Clare County.
The high-speed chase ended when the driver of the vehicle crashed into a group of trees on the south side of M-61 approximately ¼ mile east of Cook Avenue in Redding Township.
Officers found the vehicle driver, a 24 year-old Midland man, breathing but unresponsive. He was removed from the vehicle by officers and stabilized by EMS units. He was then flown to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids by AeroMed Helicopter.
His status was unknown at press time. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the accident, according to the CCSD release.
Also assisting at the scene were United Rescue Ambulance Service and the Harrison Fire Department.