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Teen leads Marquette Police on county-wide chase

MARQUETTE, MI— A downstate teen was taken into custody Monday, following a police chase in Marquette County.

Around 11:15 p.m., an officer with the Marquette Police Department tried to stop a pickup truck on Third Street near Magnetic for speeding and defective equipment. The driver of the truck took off. The vehicle traveled southbound on Third to Mather Street, left the road, and went down the embankment onto the US-41 bypass. The officer lost sight of the pickup.

A short time later a citizen called 911 to report the suspect vehicle was on North Seventh Street in Marquette. Officers once again attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver fled and another pursuit began.

The pursuit continued through various areas of the city before heading northbound on County Road 550. The truck eventually crashed through a gate at the entrance to the Huron Mountain Club and struck a group of trees. The driver—a 17-year-old downstate boy—was taken into custody.

The suspect was taken to UPHS-Marquette for evaluation and later turned over to his parents.

At one point during the pursuit, the truck struck an MPD patrol vehicle. There were no injuries to either the police or the juvenile.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the incident. A report will be submitted to the Marquette County Prosecutors Office for review.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.