Update: East Lansing Man Killed In Police Chase

By: News 10 & Associated Press
By: News 10 & Associated Press

Interstate 96 westbound has reopened after a fatal accident where a 20-year-old motorcyclist died after crashing into the rear of a police cruiser on Interstate 96 during a chase in Livingston County.
Sheriff Bob Bezotte tells News 10 that the crash occurred about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday near Fowlerville after a sheriff's deputy clocked Carl Albert Stamm IV traveling at 104 mph. He says a second deputy's radar showed him at 114 mph.
Bezotte says the department alerted Fowlerville police and the two deputies tried to catch the East Lansing motorcyclist, who sped up to 130 mph. Bezotte says a Fowlerville officer got on the interstate ahead of the motorcyclist and the patrol car was struck.
Deputies report that Stamm was wearing a helmet, and alcohol use remains under investigation.
The Fowlerville Polcie officer, whose patrol car was struck, is a 14-year veteran of the force.
Westbound I-96 near Fowlerville was closed for 5 hours, while the scene was investigated.

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  • by glenn jr on Sep 1, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    I'm a police officer as well, and i would never in any way use a patrol to stop a motorcycle. the family should sue the police department and county for their loss. its so sad...when you look at is, can you honestly say that a life is worth a traffic infraction?????? its only traffic.... my prayers goes out the family.... g
  • by Wile E Location: Reality Mich. on May 21, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    Wow! Cops murdering speeding motorcyclist's, on bikes made to handle 100 mph, at 4am, on a deserted high speed interstate! Now that it"s "justified" can they start ramming idiots on cell phones, or those "in a hurry and iritated" dummies that cant wait for you to pass that truck going 80 mph and pass you on the right then cut you off while going a "safe" 95 mph? I doubt it. They could be someones sister, brother, mother, father, son, or daughter, not just a crazy kid on a bike who probably deserved it.
  • by JJ Location: Dewitt on May 20, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    I guess we will all see when this goes to court and Farmerville loses. The little village of Farmerville cant afford a lawsuit of this nature and if Barney Fife would have used his head and stayed in his little town this would not have happend. I want to see the Farmerville squad cars rearview camera. That will be the tell all. I bet after the real professionals,the Michigan State Police are done with their investigation they will find Barney in the wrong. This post scares me about this countrys justice system and how the average citizen thinks. I would hate to have some of you as jurors because I might be put to death for a parking ticket.
  • by Drew Location: Lansing on May 20, 2011 at 03:58 PM
    This is a terrible tragedy. I really have a hard time believe anyone would intentionally block a motorcyclist going speeds in excess of 100 mph with their cruiser. I really hope that is not the case. Anyone know if they have released the video from the cruiser that was struck? That would be the more telling video. It's really a shame that he felt that he had to run from the cops. He alone made that choice, and paid the ultimate price. That being said, IF the other video is released and IF it shows an intentional road block, then how can anyone say the police aren't to blame in any way for this kid's death. Tragic, either way.
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Planet Earth on May 20, 2011 at 10:16 AM
    Dave & workingman, you both have to be two of the most ignorant people I have encountered on ANY message board. This man, pure and simple, broke the law and then chose to run from the law. Even if this man was late for work, that's no reason whatsoever to put your own life or the lives of others at risk by driving a completely unnecessary and unreasonable speed. Neither of you have any right to consider or call yourselves safe, "responsible bikers" as you've well proven; no responsible rider would support what this young man did or blame the police in this case. Yes, I know a few normally responsible riders who have done some crazy and dangerous things on their bikes, but not one would EVER even think to pull something like this. Bottom line, if you see an officer attempting to pull you over, PULL OVER. If you run, you are nothing but a criminal and they will chase you - it is their job and full right as police officers to do so as they are paid to protect everyone, even jerks like the two of you who obviously don't know how to show the proper respect for the privilege to ride a motorcycle in Michigan. Dave, your being called out as a sexist is spot-on. You sound like nothing but a big, obnoxious bully who uses hateful, angry, and outright slanderous words to attempt to make a point that has no leg to stand on. In your oh-so-eloquent words "shut your pie hole".
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on May 20, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    "workingman taxpyer", nice job at further giving bikers a bad name by joining the Idiot Bandwagon ride with ol' Dave the Ultimate I Hate Women and Everybody Who Doesn't Agree With Me guy. I hope you both take a nice, long drive off of one of our lovely, short Michigan piers with your bikes. (Note: Opinions of ignorant idiots don't mean a gosh darn thing - sorry, BOYS.)
  • by workingman taxpayer Location: Michigan, USA on May 18, 2011 at 09:16 PM
    (THIS IS MY OPINION OF WHAT HAPPENED) The cop car entered the freeway well ahead of the biker. The cop car merged into the right lane of the freeway from the entrance ramp. The cop car was driving in the same direction as the biker only alot slower. the biker came up behind the cop car real fast, biker decided he could easily pass this cop by gently slipping around the cop in the passing lane. At the last split second, the cop car suddenly changed lanes into the passing lane, blocking the biker. The biker is dead because of several factors, one of which is that the cop was in complete control of the vehicle (ie. the cop car was not out of control) when it suddenly changed lanes. That was the direct result of the person whose hands were on the steering wheel. YES this was ultimately the bikers own fault as we must take resonsibility for our own actions. But don't you think that the cop changed the rules on him that early morning? this biker's decision to outrun the cops was based on his presumption that the cops wouldn't use deadly force for what is typically a misdemeanor speeding / careless driving offense. the biker's worse case scenario to lose his driving privlidge not his life. I say "BAD COP - NO DONUT" if you put this into perspective...the cop's actions were not justified and he should take responsibility for his actions. what if you or I or your husband or dad changed lanes deliberatly like that to block a speeding biker and he were killed? would we be sued? should we be sued for doing that? then why not the cop for his deliberate actions? I think these cops need to be more realistic well trained and properly supervised law enforcement professionals and less Dukes of Hazard Boss Hog wildcats
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      by Biker dave fowlerville on May 19, 2011 at 04:09 PM in reply to workingman taxpayer
      A GREAT BIG RIGHT ON BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!! Facts &vidio don't lie, nor does the damage to the car! If any of you have been following these comments There is 2 brainless gals attacking me ,their off subect, still don't have a clue. they can't shut their mouths as they were told . But they can't ,their women. proofs in the pudding! Want to be literary writers.They know nothing about motorcycles,or why a young man would do what he did.Moving on,The cop was wrong, this we know now!. There are several things these rotten cops could have done!#1Access the situation#2 proper discression #3 determine the out come! THEY DID NONE OF THE ABOVE!! They were hell bent on getting this kid no matter what!! And over what!! Death is FINAL!!! This just drives a bigger wedge between cops and people!!Finally the fowlerville popo cheif has major vendetta against bikers!! He hates the Easyrider rodeo every year at the liv.co. fair grounds in fowlervlle,and publicly says so!Gee wonder what he tells his little popos to do!! (Bike killers!)no they won't live it down, we won't let em. And to the 2 gals, come to rodeo in Aug. there will be 1000s of real bikers there, all with something to put in your mouth to finnaly shut you both up!!
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        by Jen on May 20, 2011 at 05:54 AM in reply to Biker dave fowlerville
        "Biker Dave", you're still an idiot, no matter what another idiot says. Seriously. At least now you have more than one idiot friend to hang out with. Have fun.
  • by Jason Location: Charlotte on May 18, 2011 at 06:05 PM
    I can’t believe the language being used towards this young man. Remember this is public information and the poor family in this tragic accident can see everything!!!!! We may never know the full story. Yes he should have stopped, but when he is pulling away from a police car one would think they would back off the pursuit. They had a description of the bike and maybe even a plate number and could have followed up. The Officer that merged onto the highway had to have known how fast the bike was going and if you watch the video close there are NO braking marks. The young man didn’t have a chance. To force a vehicle of any kind into an accident at that speed is completely WRONG! Do you think the Police would perform a pit maneuver on a car going that speed? Not a chance. Please have some consideration for this young mans family. I can’t imagine what they are going through.
  • by jj Location: Dewitt on May 18, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    I like you Dave ! I like what you have said. I drive past the "death site" everyday looking at the investigation paint on the road thinking why they would have checked this kid with back of their car. They would not have pulled out and checked a car traveling 130 MPH ? If a car hit the squad car at that speed 2 people would have died. I thought the days of high speed chases were over. Farmerville police were in the wrong on this one and should have kept their car on the shoulder and stayed in their jurisdiction. Leave the big highway to the big boys. I think Barney Fife will lose his job on this one and hope the best for the victims family.
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      by You are a joke, jj on May 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM in reply to jj
      Why don't you go join Dave and Mr. workingman? I bet you guys could all build a super awesome clubhouse in one of yours' backyards and have all sorts of fun throwing rocks at girls, coming up with really dumb names to call people, driving your bikes around REAL fast, jumping off your little homemade ramps and everything, and maybe you could pull out your little pocket knives and become "blood brothers". It would be like the crazy, moronic biker version of "Stand By Me"; although you'd all have to be Teddy, because he's the crazy, volatile one.
  • by LeAnn Location: Webberville on May 18, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    @Dave - not very good at learning a lesson in proving yourself a fool, are you? You went right on a head and did it again with your really dumb "Part 2". Were you sober when you wrote any of that? I seriously hope not because I have to cling to the hope that it's the maniacal rantings of a crazed man on something. You really are crazy for thinking that people are going to jump on your bandwagon of "Sue the police for a 'needless' death!". Do you want to know why? Because it's not only outrageously nonsensical, it's untrue. No matter how your knife of crazy tries to slice it, this guy brought this on himself, and the only positive from his side is that hopefully others will learn from his stupid behavior and realize that this maneuver is NEVER the way to go. Display sexist, bullying behavior much? Sheesh, we all know you're darned adept at making assumptions about other people, and most of us remember what many an elder taught us about "to assume...".
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      by Biker dave fowlerville on May 19, 2011 at 04:11 PM in reply to LeAnn
      Yea ,YOU
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        by LeAnn on May 20, 2011 at 06:14 AM in reply to Biker dave fowlerville
        Biker Dave, I bet it took you at least an hour and a half to come up with that response. Nice job!
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