Suspect Jailed After Chase; Deputies Seek Theft Info

A suspect is in jail after a high-speed chase last Thursday that began in Indiana. The 34-year-old Constantine man was apprehended on U.S. Highway 12 in White Pigeon Township shortly before midnight on July 30. 

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s deputies and other local police responded after authorities from LaGrange, Indiana requested assistance as the suspect traveled toward the state line on a sport motorbike. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the department intercepted the pursuit as it headed west on Fawn River Road near Balk Road. The chase exceeded 100 miles per hour before White Pigeon Police redirected it eastbound. From there, the vehicle’s operator turned north onto Huff Road and then onto U.S. Route 12.

The pursuit ended and the suspect was taken into custody after he sideswiped a patrol vehicle. He was lodged at St. Joseph County Jail on several charges including fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing, possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving, driving with a suspended/expired license, no registration, and no insurance. He will also face a list of charges in Indiana.

In addition to the White Pigeon officers, the sheriff’s office also received assistance from the Michigan State Police, the LaGrange Police Department, LifeCare Ambulance, and Steve’s Towing.

In an unrelated incident the sheriff’s office is seeking information on the theft of a boat motor in the 70000 block of Fawn River Road, Fawn River Township, reported on the afternoon of July 23.

Deputies responded to a call at 4:56 p.m. regarding the discovery that a Mercury 15-h.p., four-stroke motor had been removed from a pontoon boat tied to a dock. Deputies are looking for a black motor covered with “little white speckles.” 

According to authorities, the incident likely occurred between July 18 and July 23. Persons with information about the theft should contact Deputy Alex Peters at 269-467-4095, extension 348, or call St. Joseph County Central Dispatch at 269-467-4195.


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