CHIKAMING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Two men are in the Berrien County Jail after a vehicle was stolen in Illinois, and then a bicycle and another car were stolen in Michigan in an attempt to elude authorities.
Chikaming Township police were dispatched around 11 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a stranded motorist on Interstate 94 near Three Oaks Road, north of New Buffalo.
Police discovered the vehicle was recently stolen during a carjacking incident in Chicago, according to a news release.
The two male occupants from Chicago had started walking from the scene prior to the officer arriving.
A Michigan State Police motor carrier officer located the suspects along the highway. One of the suspects was taken into custody, and the other ran into a nearby wooded area.
More officers and a Michigan State Police K-9 unit were dispatched to the scene. The K-9 unit tracked the suspect for about an hour before the dog lost the track near a residence.
Unknown to officers during this time, the suspect had stolen a bicycle from the residence and rode about a mile away to another residence.
At this second residence, the suspect stole an unlocked vehicle and sped away southbound on Red Arrow Highway, police said.
New Buffalo police officers saw the vehicle and tried to stop it. The suspect eventually crashed during the pursuit and was taken into custody.
Both male suspects face charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
The second suspect was also jailed on charges of unlawful driving away of an automobile, fleeing and eluding, and resisting and obstructing arrest.
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