Monday, April 06, 2009

High-speed chase ends in death


By K. Allen HP 4/4/09

BENTON TOWNSHIP - A high-speed police chase of an alleged car thief ended in the suspect's death Friday morning after he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a chain-link fence at the corner of Beveridge and Britain avenues in Benton Township, police reported. [WHO DIES AFTER CRASHING INTO A CHAIN-LINK FENCE? - IT GIVES. CAR WOULD MOST LIKELY GO THRU IT]

Township Police Chief Vince Fetke said the lone occupant in the black 1998 Chrysler Cirrus was found unresponsive with trauma to the head at 11:08 a.m. The suspect was also in possession of a handgun, a news release said. [A GUN IS USUALLY PLANTED ON THE BODY]

Fetke said police are not going to release the suspect's identity until relatives are notified of the death. An eyewitness who lives in the neighborhood said the driver was a young black man, probably in his 20s, but she did not know his name.
Fetke said the Cirrus was reported stolen earlier Friday morning. The pursuit began when a patrol officer saw the vehicle pulling onto Britain Avenue from Blaine Avenue and the suspect attempted to elude police.

The chase continued for about a half-mile before it ended one block east of Crystal Ave. at the northeast corner of the schoolyard at Boynton Montessori Magnet School. [TOWNSHIP POLICE HAVE BEEN INFORMED NOT TO DO HIGH SPEED CHASES IN THE COMMUNITY. MOST BH RESIDENTS BELIEVE BENTON TOWNSHIP COPS KILLED SHURN, 11 YR. OLD CHILD TRENT PATTERSON,...AND NOW THIS YOUNG MAN?]

Boynton had a half-day teacher inservice Friday, so students were not at school at the time of the crash, a school employee said as she was leaving the building around 2 p.m.

Fetke said the Berrien County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident at the township's request. The Berrien County prosecutor's office will review the investigation after it is complete, he added. [THESE ARE ALL FOX'S GUARDING THE HENHOUSE - THE INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE TURNED OVER TO THE GRAND RAPIDS OR DETOIT FBI]