Suspected car thief arrested in Kalamazoo following police chase
Updated: Wednesday, April 3 2013, 01:01 PM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A 24-year old Kalamazoo man is under arrest after police say he stole a jeep and led them on a chase through two neighborhoods.
Public Safety got the call around 04:15 a.m., a citizen reported that her 2007 gold Jeep Compass was stolen from the Comstock Village Apartments.
Approximately forty-five minutes after making the report, deputies from the Kalamazoo County Sheriffs department located the vehicle in the 1500 block of Gull Road.
Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle however the suspect took off.
Kalamazoo Public Safety officers assisted the deputies and pursued the stolen vehicle through Kalamazoo's Edison and Westnedge Hill neighborhoods.
The fifteen minute pursuit ended when the suspect crashed the vehicle into a chain link fence in the 100 Blk. of Whitcomb St. and fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Public Safety officers appended the fleeing suspect.
The suspect was lodged at the Kalamazoo County jail on the charges of Fleeing and Eluding, Motor Vehicle Theft and an outstanding warrant for absconding from parole pending a review of the investigation from the prosecutor's office.
Kalamazoo Public Safety continues to investigate the incident. Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100.