Suspects in custody after ramming patrol car, fleeing scene, breaking into Howell home

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At approximately 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of Burkhart Road and Grand River Avenue in Howell Township for a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Deputies located the vehicle in the area; it fled off road, rammed a Sheriff’s Office patrol car, and left the scene. The vehicle drove recklessly into the City of Howell, where the occupants fled on foot and broke into an occupied residence. Multiple witnesses called 911 and directed responders to the location of the vehicle occupants, and they were taken into custody.

Investigation shows that the vehicle had been reported stolen to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office and that the occupants were in possession of controlled substances.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the City of Howell Police Department, the Michigan State Police, and Livingston County Ambulance. The incident remains under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau.

UPDATE: The two suspects in custody are a 30-year-old Jackson woman and a 29-year-old Jackson man. The female is in jail, and the male is currently in a hospital undergoing treatment for medical conditions not related to his arrest or attempts to escape.

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