19-year-old suspect heading to court in stolen car on the loose after police chase

Authorities are on the lookout for a 19-year-old male who fled after a chase that began on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 13, when police tried to stop the stolen vehicle in which he was riding to a hearing in Livingston County’s 44th Circuit Court. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that it believes the general public is not in danger as there is “no reason to believe the subject is armed.”

The incident began at approximately 8:35 a.m. at South Walnut Street and Mason Road in the city of Howell, when deputies from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a 2017 Dodge Charger reported stolen by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle failed to stop for the emergency lights and sirens, and a chase ensued.

The Charger turned onto West Livingston Street, and then back onto southbound Michigan Avenue. The vehicle continued south on D-19 when the Pinckney Police Department and another Livingston County Sheriff’s deputy deployed stop sticks south of Rush Lake Road. The vehicle went around the stop sticks, and the pursuit was terminated.

Michigan State Police troopers from the Brighton Post located the vehicle abandoned at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Dexter-Pinckney Road, south of Stinchfield Woods Road in Washtenaw County. Joined by its K-9 unit, Michigan State Police set up a perimeter with deputies from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, and additional troopers.

The two individuals were located on foot on Stinchfield Wood Road near Dexter-Pinckney Road. The 19-year-old fled into the woods on foot, and the 17-year-old — who the Livingston County Sheriff’s office reports is from Harper Woods and is the brother of the 19-year-old — was taken into custody after it was determined he was the driving the Charger when it fled from deputies.

The 19-year-old was picked up in the area of Dexter-Pinckney and Tiplady roads by a man from Detroit driving a white Durango. Hamburg Police stopped that vehicle on M-36 near Chilson Road, at which time the passenger took off into the woods again.

The area was searched by the Michigan State Police K-9 team, a drone from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, and on foot by officers from the Hamburg and Green Oak police Departments, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, and the Brighton Post of the Michigan State Police. Kensington Woods Schools, located on Petty’s Road near the area of the search, was put on lockdown for approximately two hours.

The 19-year-old has not yet been located.

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