Suspect leads police chase across state line in stolen car

St. Joseph County Police Department: Anna-Alicia Bishop

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - The St. Joseph County Police Department reports on Thursday, June 6, around 11 p.m., the Berrien County Sheriff's Department advised them of a stolen gray Ford Focus believed to have entered Indiana during a pursuit on the US 31 Bypass.

Authorities say 40 minutes later the Focus was located going west on Cleveland Road near the intersection of SR 933.

The officer followed the Focus while attempting to confirm it was the stolen vehicle.

Before confirmation was made, the report states the Focus sped off and began driving erratically through all lanes of traffic on Cleveland Road, heading toward the US 31 Bypass.

The officer then began a pursuit of the Focus.

Before reaching the bypass, authorities were able to deploy stop-sticks on Cleveland Road near Mayflower Road causing a tire on the Focus to deflate.

The Focus continued, reaching the US 31 Bypass, and drove north back toward Michigan.

The report states approximately a half mile south of the Michigan state line, the suspect lost control of the Focus and crashed into a ditch off the bypass.

The driver, identified as 29-year-old Anna-Alicia Bishop of Benton Harbor, complied with St. Jospeh County Police and was safely apprehended.

Officers confirmed the Focus was stolen out of Benton Township in Berrien County.

Bishop was taken to the St. Joseph County Jail on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement Using a Vehicle, a level six felony, and Possession of Stolen Property, a level six felony.

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