Highway chase ends in arrest

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – With assistance from Allen Park and Southgate, Lincoln Park police arrested a 43-year-old Taylor man who led patrol officers on a multi-city chase on highways and through subdivisions.

Jesse Allen Suthers was arraigned Dec. 29 before 25th District Court Judge Greg Clifton on charges of third-degree fleeing and eluding. Suthers was arrested after a lengthy pursuit by police on I-75 and through local neighborhoods.

According to police reports, officers noted Suthers’ 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier traveling east on Southfield near Abbott shortly after 9 p.m. Dec. 27. A records check indicated that the license plate had expired earlier in the month.

When police turned on the patrol car’s overhead lights and siren, Suthers allegedly looked back at the police car on his tail before speeding up and driving up the entrance ramp to southbound I-75.

Officers followed the Cavalier, which hit speeds of up to 110 mph while changing lanes and weaving in and out of traffic. The Cavalier nearly side-swiped a truck before exiting at North Line Road, where the driver disobeyed a red light and accelerated, heading west.

Police followed the Cavalier – which hit speeds of up to 60 mph in the posted 45-mph zone – as it turned north into a subdivision. The two-car convoy continued in and out of neighborhoods at speeds well above the posted limit before continuing west on Pelham Road, where the driver ran red lights at Goddard, Wick, Champaign and Ecorse roads before pulling over and stopping near Beverly.

During the chase, officers were joined by patrol cars from Allen Park and Southgate.

Officers removed the driver at gunpoint. A check with the Law Enforcement Information Network revealed that Suthers was driving on a suspended license, and that he was subject to arrest warrants from both the 25th and 36th District courts.

Suthers – who was identified as “homeless” in lieu of an address to support a claimed residency of Taylor – was held on $7,000 bond. A preliminary examination of the evidence against him is scheduled for Jan. 12.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)