Trio charged after high-speed motorcycle chase

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 3:34 pm on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

FERRIS TOWNSHIP— Three local motorcyclists have been arrested and charged with crimes after a high-speed chase from police last Friday night.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Thomas attempted to make a traffic stop on Jesse Ellsworth, 37, of Crystal, Scott Ripley, 37, of Greenville, and Chad Simmons, 32, of Edmore, just before midnight Friday.

Chad Simmons

The three men were traveling westbound on Stanton Road from Waldron Road in Ferris Township, coming from a bar in Crystal. All three motorcyclists were allegedly traveling close to 100 mph and refused to stop, according to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell.

Simmons eventually stopped on Pine Grove Road south of Stanton Road and was taken into custody.

Ellsworth allegedly stopped quickly and almost got hit by a deputy’s vehicle, according to Russell. As soon as the vehicle passed, Ellsworth allegedly took off again. He was arrested at his home in Crystal.

Jesse Ellsworth

Police obtained a warrant for Ripley and arrested him on Sunday at his home in Greenville.

Scott Ripley

Deputies Kevin Germain, Mike LeVand, Charles Mahar and Steve Snyder assisted in the chase.

Ellsworth and Ripley are each charged with fleeing and eluding.

Simmons is charged with operating under the influence. He was allegedly at almost twice the legal limit for alcohol, according to Russell.

All three men are out on bond from the Montcalm County Jail in Stanton.


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