Two arrested after fleeing in a stolen vehicle from Illinois in Berrien County

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. – Police arrest two people after they fled in a stolen vehicle from Springfield, Ill. on Friday, the Chikaming Township Police Department stated.

According to the report, Berrien County Dispatch issued a “be on the lookout” for a stolen 2020 Chevy Equinox driving eastbound on Interstate 94 at 3:15 p.m. The Equinox was stolen from Springfield and fled from officers in Indiana, officers said.

After dispatch made the announcement, an officer from Chikaming Township Police Department located the suspect driving eastbound on I-94, near the 11.4-mile marker. A traffic stop was attempted, but the vehicle allegedly fled and a chase started, officers said.

The vehicle continued to flee from police, traveling eastbound on 1-94 over 100 miles an hour, according to officers.

The Michigan State Police attempted to deploy stop sticks on 1-94, near the 30-mile marker. However, the suspect swerved and avoided the stop sticks, officers said.

The pursuit continued northbound on Interstate 96 from I-94, traveling over 100 mph, the report said. The pursuit continued into Van Buren County. Covert Police Department attempted to deploy stop sticks on I-96, near the 14-mile marker.

The Equinox swerved to avoid the stop sticks but lost control and drove into the median, officers said. The vehicle became stuck in a snow pile and couldn’t get out, according to officers.

The driver, a 26-year-old man, and passenger, a 25-year old woman, were both from Springfield, Ill. and were taken into custody.

The driver was arrested and is currently being held in the Berrien County Jail, according to officers. The passenger was released from custody.

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