Several suspects are being sought by authorities following a high-speed chase through Livingston County early Tuesday.
According to a press release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy observed two vehicles, a black Dodge pickup and white Jeep Wrangler, traveling at a high rate of speed on westbound I-96 at approximately 3:00 a.m. on January 10. A registration plate was obtained on the Jeep, and it was reported stolen out of Southfield.
When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicles, they continued increasing their speeds and passing each other. The vehicles exited I-96 at Fowlerville Road and traveled north taking side streets until they reached Grand River Avenue and headed back east toward Howell. The vehicles then re-entered I-96 east at Highland Road and exited at Pickney Road heading north into the city.
At that point City of Howell police units joined in the pursuit and the vehicles were lost after crossing the railroad tracks on Michigan Ave. north of Mason Road.
Shortly after, Livingston County Central Dispatch received a call from a citizen stating that they observed multiple people running down Braeview Drive. Howell units responded to the area and located the Dodge Ram pickup running with the doors open. Upon checking the Dodge pickup, it was also reported stolen.
A perimeter was set up and a Sheriff’s Office K-9 team was deployed in an attempt to locate the suspects. An exhaustive search of the area was conducted but the suspects were not located.
This incident remains under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Howell City Police, Michigan State Police, and Hamburg Township Police.