Police chase in Emmett Township ends with crash, fire and power outage
EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. —
(UPDATED AT 7:40) One man is in custody after a police chase from Battle Creek to Emmett Township came to a conclusion after the driver of a vehicle slammed into a telephone pole at the corner of E. Michigan Ave. and N. Wattles Road causing a brief power outage, according to Emmett Township Public safety.
Battle Creek police told Newschannel 3 the suspect fired a gun inside the 200 block of Riverside Drive this afternoon. Currently, it is unclear whether the gun was fired intentional or accidentally, but police are reporting no one was injured. The suspect then got into his vehicle and took off. Police spotted the vehicle near Cliff Street and Greble Street, and when the suspect failed to stop, the chase ensued.
Authorities say the driver of the vehicle lost control and slammed into the telephone pole, causing a downed live wire to start the vehicle on fire. Emmett Township Public Safety pulled the suspect out of the vehicle and extinguished the fire. The intersection was shut down for approximately one hour while Consumer's Energy repaired the damage. Consumer's Energy are currently working to fully restore power where over 100 customers are being affected, according to their outage map. Police confirm the gun in question has been recovered.
Stay tuned to Newschannel 3 as this is a developing story.