Mich. man steals ambulance, leads police on high-speed pursuit

Multiple departments took part in the pursuit, which featured speeds of more than 90 miles per hour


Brandon Champion
MLive.com, Walker, Mich.

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. — A man led police on a high-speed pursuit down I-94 after he stole an ambulance in southwest Michigan.

Multiple departments took part in the pursuit, which featured speeds of more than 90 miles per hour, according to a news release.

The Three Oaks Ambulance was stolen while the crew was getting food at Panera Bread in St Joseph Township around 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The crew had just dropped off a patient at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital in St Joseph.

The pursuit began when a Baroda-Lake Township officer spotted the ambulance near mile marker 16 on westbound I-94.

It continued for several miles until stop sticks were used by the Pokagon Tribal Police, damaging the ambulance’s front passenger tire. The ambulance got off at exit 4A onto US-12 where it stopped in a church parking lot.

After a brief foot pursuit, the male suspect was arrested and lodged in the Berrien County Jail.

The 35-year-old male suspect is being held on several charges.

Agencies assisting the Baroda-Lake Township Police Department in the pursuit include the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Bridgman City Police, Amtrak Police, Michigan State Police, Chikaming Township Police, Pokagan Tribal Police and New Buffalo City Police.

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