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Police Chase Stolen Car Through Durand, Vernon; Capture Suspect

Car Stolen Wednesday from Durand Gas Station Spotted By Police Thursday in Genesee County, Prompts Winding Chase

Posted by Durand Now at 10:33am 6/28/19

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A police chase that brought numerous State Police and Shiawassee County Sheriff's cruisers through downtown Durand, down rural roads and through downtown Vernon, before the fleeing vehicle was stopped on Thursday afternoon, actually began in Genesee County, an official with knowledge on the situation told Durand Now on Friday morning.  That official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the vehicle had been stolen out of Durand.

Jessica Rose Wells told Durand Now that her "blacked out" Ford Focus was stolen from a Durand gas station on Wednesday morning.  She said the car was spotted at a gas station in Swartz Creek later that morning.

Our source said officers developed a suspect, and when the vehicle was spotted in Genesee County on Thursday afternoon, a pursuit began.  Tipsters reported seeing the chase on I-69, M-21 and M-13 before the suspect led police down Durand Road, south through downtown Durand, then west on Prior Road, before heading toward Vernon on Vernon Road.  The chase eventually ended at M-71 and Goodall Road.

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Our source says the suspect was also being sought in connection with an armed robbery, and that the suspect was believed to have tossed something from the vehicle during the pursuit.  That item was believed to be a crack pipe.  Our source did not confirm if that item was located but said officers were searching along a portion of Vernon Road.  It is also unknown if there was more than one person involved, but our source did confirm that one person was taken into custody at M-71 and Goodall Road.

We're told officers from the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department assisted Michigan State Police, with whom the chase began.

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