FAIRPLAIN TOWNSHIP — A routine assistance stop Saturday turned into a pursuit that resulted in a one-car crash and two arrests.
According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, a deputy patrolling around 1:04 a.m. noticed what he at first assumed to be stranded motorists at the intersection of W. Carson City Road and S. Sheridan Road.
Further observation indicated the young men at the scene were in the process of stealing tires and rims.
The deputy attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet Tracker, which had fled southbound on S. Sheridan Road.
The chase ended when the Tracker left the road, striking a road sign and trees near the intersection of W. Fenwick and S. Collins roads.
Four occupant fled the scene on foot and entered a nearby woods. Two of these — a Grand Rapids man and an Ada man, both 18 — were apprehended and arrested. They face charges of larceny, flee and elude and resisting arrest.
Police recovered the stolen property.
The other two occupants of the vehicle were not arrested, however the investigation is ongoing.
Assisting with the incident were the Michigan State Police, Carson City Police, Ionia County Sheriff’s Office and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s K-9 team.