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Howell man charged after police chase that ended with police vehicle crash

A Howell man whose apprehension by police last weekend was caught on video has been charged in the case.

48-year-old Carl George Prince is facing 12 felony counts, including five counts of assaulting/obstructing/resisting police and methamphetamine possession, following his arrest on Sunday, August 27th after a police pursuit that ended at Oak Grove Road and Sanford Road in Howell Township. A video of that (below) was captured and posted by Fabrizio Tarara.

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Officers with the Howell City Police Department and Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies pursued Prince, who was identified as a breaking and entering suspect. The chase continued through Howell and Cohoctah Townships with speeds reaching 70 mph.

As the vehicle turned South on Oak Grove Road near Sanford Road, a PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver was performed by a deputies SUV.

“After the PIT maneuver, the suspect vehicle was facing North and rammed a Sheriff’s vehicle,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office. “The vehicle was blocked in. The driver, a 48-year-old Howell man, was found with a bladed weapon. He was taken in custody with the use of a Sheriff Canine and Taser.”

Prince is also charged with a single count of abandoning/cruelty to one animal. Reports at the time indicated Prince had thrown a dog out of his vehicle window at one point in the chase. The animal is believed to have recovered.

Prince, who has a lengthy criminal history, made headlines back in 2019 when he fought with deputies and court staff at the Livingston County Judicial Center where he was being sentenced to 2 to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of resisting, obstructing and assaulting a police officer. State  records indicate he served just short of two years before being released in September of 2022.

Prince remains in the Livingston County Jail under a $500,000 bond pending a Probable Cause Conference set for Sept. 6th in front of 53rd District Court Judge Shauna Murphy.

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