October 25, 2014

Police searching for suspect who allegedly crashed into porch in stolen car

Tim Barnum
The porch at this residence was damaged after being struck by a car early in the morning April 3.
Tim Barnum
Tracks are visible where an allegedly stolen car left the roadway before striking the porch in the background.
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STANDISH — Police were unable to apprehend a driver who allegedly stole a car and fled from law enforcement both in the vehicle and on foot, after crashing into a porch April 3.

Standish City Police Chief Mark Christian said a four-door Cadillac was reported stolen from a residence on Cherry Street around 8:30 p.m. April 2. He said he later saw the vehicle in the city and attempted to stop it.

“At about 2 a.m. when I was patrolling, I came across the vehicle and it took off on me,” he said. “I chased it down East City Limits Road to Sagatoo, and once it got on Sagatoo it left the roadway and struck a house. Then the suspect took off on foot.”

The Arenac County Sheriff’s Department and Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal Police assisted in trying to locate the driver, whom Christian said ran into woods behind the house he allegedly struck with the car.

“I called in the tribal police department and the county police department,” he said. “The county brought in the K-9 unit and we tracked him until we got to the river. Then we couldn’t track him anymore.”

As of Friday at 2:15 p.m., Christian said there was no suspect.

“We’re kind of hoping someone would come forward with some information on it,” he said.

The porch incurred significant damage. Christian said nobody inside the residence was injured.

“We checked on the people in the house,” he said. “Everyone was fine. They were sleeping at the time.”

The car police were chasing is in police possession and likely totaled, Christian said.

“We’re processing the vehicle. The sheriff’s department is helping with that too,” he said. “We’re in the midst of trying to get some prints and other evidence from the vehicle.”

Anyone with information on the alleged suspect can contact the city police department at 989-846-4399 or the Arenac County Sheriff’s Office at 989-846-3002.

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