BELDING — Gerald Marsh, 17, of Belding, has been charged with unlawfully driving away and fleeing and eluding police following a high-speed chase that took place at about 10:10 p.m. Saturday.
Marsh was arrested after allegedly stealing a vehicle and leading police on the high-speed chase through Ionia and Kent counties.
The Belding Police Department received information about a vehicle — allegedly stolen earlier in evening — that was spotted in the Long Lake area, east of Belding. The vehicle was the spotted on westbound Kiddville Street by a Belding officer who attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle sped up and failed to stop. It then continued through Belding to M-44 at an excessive rate of speed.
The vehicle continued west on M-44 and avoided spike strips that were deployed at M-44 and Myers Lake Road. At Blakely and M-44, the Michigan State Police took over the pursuit and stopped the vehicle at Kroes and Northland Drive.
Marsh and the passenger were taken into custody. Marsh was jailed at the Ionia County jail and pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. The passenger, who was a juvenile, was released to parents.
The case remains under investigation.