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Portage Police Dashcam shows pursuit of crime spree suspect

Portage Police Dashcam shows pursuit of crime spree suspect. (Courtesy: Portage Public Safety)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Police dash camera video captured a pursuit in West Michigan which began with a carjacking, caused a collision and ended with a foot chase in Portage.

Newschannel 3's Nicky Zizaza reported on the crime spree that spanned eight hours.

The bizarre incident that led police on a high speed chase two weeks ago was captured on the dashboard camera of a police cruiser and police said it is the second crime spree in Kalamazoo County in 2017.

After evading police for nearly eight hours, Gavin Vanderbeck had worked up an appetite after allegedly carrying out a crime spree and decided to make a pit stop at this McDonalds in Portage.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said, "He wasn't hiding, he went to the drive-in just like anyone else, you know, ‘place your order, pull on up.’"

That is when the wild ride began.

The dash cam from a Portage Police cruiser rolled as police pursued the 27-year-old suspected of committing crimes across Kalamazoo County.

Matyas said, "Of those crimes he stole a vehicle. He took that vehicle and there was a time gap.

And then he held a store up, and then managed to get away and went to a store on Shaver Road in the city of Portage, we think he caused a disturbance there and then he left."

Multiple agencies threaded through intersections before a collision at McDonaldsm where is seen on camera taking off on foot, disappearing into brush and then abandoning the car.

Matyas said "He runs kind of across the street, kiddy corner and there is a couple sitting in their vehicle. Well, he tries opening the car door, we assume for no good reason, they had locked the doors very alertly. Portage Police officers were in foot pursuit of him at that time."

Police ultimately caught Vanderbeck and made an arrest, was taken to the Kalamazoo County Jail and could face life in prison. The case is on the desk of Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting who will take the case in front of a judge on June 16.

Getting said, "Almost always, though there is a combination of things that are happening, that leads to this kind of downward spiral."

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