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5 arrested after pursuit, citywide lockdown and manhunt in Grand Ledge

Grand Ledge Manhunt After Crash at Local Home
Grand Ledge Manhunt After Crash at Local Home
Grand Ledge Manhunt After Crash at Local Home
Posted at 8:05 AM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-15 20:55:01-04

GRAND LEDGE, Mich. — Five suspects are in custody following a police chase and manhunt in Grand Ledge Tuesday morning.

Several law enforcement agencies responded to a call of a vehicle traveling over 100 mph on M-100 around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. A police chase ensued, the car crashed into the front porch of a home.

One suspect was captured at the scene. The other fled on foot.

Eaton County Deputies along with Michigan State Police arrested the male who fled from Grand Ledge after a traffic stop on Interstate 96.

Grand Ledge Manhunt after car crashes at home

The Grand Ledge Public Schools canceled all schools except Hayes Middle School Tuesday due to the manhunt.
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Timothy Postema said in a Facebook post that the suspects' car had crashed into his porch.

"My daughter came in waking me up to tell me a car hit our house," he wrote. "I thought she was pranking me. I ran outside, not knowing anything. I went to ask if the people were okay. That’s when the MSP rolled up and guns drawn screaming at me to get back inside. We are OK but very shaken up."

Ava Barber shares her experience of the car hitting her home

Ava Barber also lives at duplex where the car crashed. She said she was getting ready for school when she heard sirens, and then she felt the house shake.

“I was kind of nervous because when all the cops got their guns out and were yelling at us to go inside, I was kind of scared if there was a really dangerous man in the car that was going to come inside and maybe take one of us hostage. You know you never know.”

Multiple agencies including Michigan State Police, Ionia County Sheriff, Grand Ledge Police, and Eaton County Sheriff were on scene at the corner of Greenwood and Front St after the initial crash occurred.

Police K-9s and authorities from the US Drug Enforcement Administration were also on hand.

Through a law enforcement investigation and witness statements, a second suspect vehicle was identified with four additional occupants.

This vehicle was found and stopped on I-96 near Lansing Road.

All five individuals were taken into custody without incident.

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