Men who led police on high-speed chase Monday are still at large
The two men police sought by police for much of Monday evening after a high-speed chase down Interstate 94 are still at-large, but police believe they are no longer in the area.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Derrick Jackson said the search was called off Monday evening because police had “reason to believe they fled the area,” Jackson said.
He said no arrests have been made in the case and police have not released the names of the men they are looking for.
Reports on Monday indicated the two men were armed.
Jackson said the chase began after deputies were called to a home in the 1400 block of Desoto Avenue in Ypsilanti Township after the mother of the owner of a silver Dodge Caliber reported her daughter loaned her car to two men who were refusing to give it back.
While a sheriff’s deputy was at the home, the suspects drove by in the Caliber, according to Jackson.
When the deputy attempted to stop the Caliber, the suspects drove off and deputies followed, Jackson said.
The men drove the Caliber to I-94 and headed westbound at a high rate of speed, at one point reaching 110 miles per hour, Jackson said. The Caliber drove onto the right shoulder of the freeway during the chase, which began just after 5 p.m. in the middle of the afternoon rush hour, Jackson said.
A police officer driving a vehicle in pursuit of the Caliber spun out and was not able to continue the chase, but the accident did not result in any injuries, Jackson said. Witnesses said the police vehicle spun out near I-94 and Jackson Road.
The Caliber got into an accident near I-94 and Zeeb Road and the men left the vehicle, heading north into a wooded area, according to Jackson. Police began the search for the men at about 5:30 p.m. Monday and AnnArbor.com received confirmation from Jackson that the search had been called off at about 9:45 p.m., although witnesses said the search had been ended before then.
No injuries were reported with that accident.
The two men were described as black and about 19 years old. One of the men was wearing a white baseball hat, a white, red and black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. No clothing description was available for the second suspect.
Jackson said Monday night that the order to send out a Nixle alert about the incident to area residents had been given, but there was no report ever sent. Jackson said he hasn't determined the reason.