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18-year-old leads Marquette County law enforcement on chase

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI— A Gwinn teen led multiple police agencies on a chase through Marquette County Tuesday.

Around 6:25 p.m., Michigan State Police from the Negaunee Post were eastbound on US-41 when they saw a pickup truck engage in numerous traffic violations, including speeding, passing on the right, following too closely, improper lane use, and running a red light at the intersection of US-41 and McClellan Avenue. The vehicle also had a defective third brake lamp and defective exhaust.

Troopers activated their emergency lights, but the suspect drove southbound on M-553. Due to an MSP policy, troopers did not pursue the truck. A nearby Marquette City Police Department patrol vehicle tried to stop the pickup, but the driver took off and led police on a chase through Marquette Township, Chocolay Township, and West Branch Township, where it eventually ended.

An 18-year-old Gwinn man was arrested around 6:55 p.m. for 3rd-degree fleeing and eluding, three counts of 4th-degree fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing, and operating without a license. He remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail.

The Marquette County Sheriff's Office, Chocolay Police Department, and Forsyth Township Police Department assisted in the incident.

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.