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Dash cam revealed from high speed chase on Friday night
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A high speed chase in white-out conditions on Friday night took police on a dangerous pursuit through several counties.
Newschannel 3 took a look at recently obtained dash cam video and spoke with State Police to find out why they so badly wanted to put the driver behind bars.
State Police say that before the chase started, 19-year-old Dallas Blankenship of Battle Creek was wanted on four outstanding warrants.
Police say he had broken into 10 storage units and stolen four vehicles.
Around 8:30 that Friday night, police got a tip that he was driving a stolen F-150, that he was carrying an assault rifle and shotgun, and had made threats to harm police.
State Police spotted Blankenship on Colon Road in St. Joseph County, the stolen truck flying down treacherous, snow-covered roads.
Blankenship barely missed plowing into another driver who had slid off the road as he desperately tried to outrun police.
"If he was stoped, he was gonna shoot as many as he could, cause he wasn't going back to jail," said Trooper Matt Lackey, with the Michigan State Police of the chase.
At one point, State Police lost him in the white-out conditions, making roads near impassable.
However, Trooper Lackey knew the rural area, and found that Blankenship had pulled into someone's driveway.
"He was just getting to exit his car, due to the circumstances, he probably has a shotgun and an AK-47; that's when I drew my service weapon and ordered him to the ground," Lackey said.
State Police say they found thousands of dollars worth of stolen items in the truck, including stereo equipment and tools.
Blankenship is now facing seven felony charges, including fleeing and eluding police, felony firearm, and possession of a stolen vehicle.
He's sitting in the Kalamazoo County Jail awaiting arraignment.