Driver leads police on chase; ends in crash

Published 4:03 am Thursday, May 8, 2003

By By BEN RAYMOND LODE / Niles Daily Star
NILES -- Troopers with Michigan State Police Post 53 were involved Wednesday night in the pursuit of a vehicle that had allegedly been driving in a reckless manner.
A Post 53 press release said when Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, it continued on, allegedly after speeding up.
The pursuit that started East bound on US 12 at Portage Road in Bertrand Township, continued into Indiana, the press release said.
The pursuit ended when the vehicle allegedly crashed into a mini van and then rammed a Michigan State Police Motor Carrier vehicle, the press release said.
Before coming to a complete stop, the vehicle allegedly struck a building on Michigan Avenue, near La Salle Street in South Bend, Ind.
The driver of the vehicle, a 21-year-old Niles woman was transported to St. Joseph Hospital and admitted for minor injuries and observation, the press release said.
The Motor Carrier officer involved allegedly sustained minor injuries, but was not hospitalized.
It's unknown why the driver fled and the incident still remains under investigation, the press release said.
The press release said the woman was not charged because the incident is pending a review by the Berrien County Prosecutor.
The State Police were assisted by the Niles Township Police Department and the South Bend, Ind., Police Department, the press release said.
In other police reports, a man was arrested in Niles Saturday for driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level. Travis Raymond Mitchell, 20, 2669 Center Ave., Niles, was driving east bound on Lake Street at 13th Street when he was observed by an officer, the police report said. Mitchell was transported to the Niles Police Department where he was booked and lodged and held for eight hours for intoxication, the police report said.
The police allegedly confiscated one silver metal pipe from Mitchell's back pocket, the police report said.