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Dash cam documents Calhoun County police chase
CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - For the first time, we're seeing dash cam video from the night police say a man led them on a wild chase, nearly running over a police officer.
Battle Creek Police tell Newschannel 3 that there was a retail fraud call from the Wal-Mart off B Drive North.
One shoplifter was arrested inside the store, but two others were waiting in a getaway car outside.
When an Emmett Township police officer approached the car, the suspects sped off, nearly hitting the officer, and then a high-speed chase ensued.
Battle Creek Police tell us they picked up the chase only a few blocks from Wal-Mart.
The suspects' BMW reached speeds of 75 miles per hour in residential neighborhoods.
Police say the driver, 36-year-old Brian Laxton had a woman in the car with him, as he blew through several stop signs and stop lights.
You can see Laxton swerve to avoid the stop sticks on M-66 before Columbia, barely missing another officer.
Laxton then took police through several parts of Battle Creek, at times driving in the opposite lane.
Finally, near the arboretum, police threw out their stop sticks, deflating the BMW's tires.
Laxton threw open the door and took off running into the woods.
This Battle Creek police officer sprinted after him, tackling Laxton, and slapping on the cuffs.
Battle Creek Police tell us high speed chases like this one are heartstopping to say the least.
"He took off and almost hit an officer for retail fraud," said Sergeant Jim Martens with Battle Creek Police. "Is there something more to this? Are there weapons in the vehicle? What's he done? What does he think we're chasing him for? You're mindful of all the unknowns."
Battle Creek Police say Laxton has been arrested at least a dozen times before, including fleeing and eluding a police officer, and retail fraud.