HILLSDALE COUNTY – A police pursuit that began in Calhoun County and reached speeds exceeding 95 mph ended in a crash in Hillsdale County Wednesday morning.
Police engaged in pursuit with a black Chevy Malibu driven by a 23-year-old Christopher Ladell Strong. Strong has multiple warrants, including one for fleeing and eluding out of Kalamazoo.
The pursuit began in Calhoun County on I-69 southbound when a Michigan State Police Trooper attempted to stop on the vehicle for speeding. Strong refused to stop.
Strong led police into Hillsdale County on Jonesville Road from Branch County where Hillsdale County Deputies joined the chase. The pursuit went into Jonesville where Strong reached speeds of over 95 mph on US-12 through Jonesville city limits.
Jonesville Schools were put under a soft lock down for a short period of time.
Strong made several attempts to lose the police, turning from US-12 down M-99 towards Hillsdale, then on to Industrial Parkway to Deal Parkway, and then back eastbound on US-12. He turned around on US-12 near Godfrey Brothers and headed westbound on US-12.
After Strong turned down several back roads, the pursuit went northbound on M-49 to M-99 in Litchfield. At least one police cruiser was damaged, and another suffered a flat tire during the pursuit.
Calhoun County police were waiting with stop-sticks on M-99 at County Line Road. In an attempt to avoid the stop-sticks, Strong lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Strong then fled on foot and once the MSP K-9 Unit was deployed Strong complied with police and was taken into custody. He was lodged at the Hillsdale County Jail.
Condensed police scanner audio from the incident