Police Chase Along Railroad Tracks

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

Blackman Township - A break-in at Jackson County school leads to shots being fired and a police chase that comes to a fiery end.
Shortly after 3 o'clock Tuesday morning Blackman Township Public Safety officers responded to a security alarm at Northwest High School on Van Horn Road. According to a Blackman Township Public Safety Press release, officers found an open window and were investigating, when a man attempted to drive away from a nearby wooded area.
A Jackson County Sheriff's patrol car had arrived and was blocking the suspect's escape. An officer ordered the suspect driver to turn off his car, but instead the man accelerated and rammed the county patrol car. The suspect's car proceeded to drive up onto the deputy's car.
A Blackman officer on foot fired his gun at the suspect's vehicle, attempted to disable it, but the car was able to drive away. No one was struck by the shots, and the deputy in the patrol car was not hurt.
According to the police press release, police began pursuing the vehicle for a few miles. The suspect eventually drove through a resident's yard and onto a line of railroad tracks. The older model Chevy Tahoe drove for approximately a mile along the tracks before the driver lost control and went into the weeds. It was then that law enforcement officers were able to capture the driver.
Soon after the suspect's car was stopped, heat from the engine caught the weeds and grass on fire. The fire spread to the car itself and engulfed the Chevy Tahoe in flames.
Police did find what they believe to be additional stolen property inside the suspect's vehicle. They says the property recovered is not from the high school.
Investigators reviewed video from the high school, which showed the driver of the car attempting to gain access to a safe. Blackman police say the suspect appears to have been interrupted when the first officer arrived at the school.
The suspect is a 41-year-old man from Ohio. He is expected to be arraigned Wednesday.

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