Stop Stick News: Top 10 News Stories 05/14/24 – High Speed Chases, Stolen Cars, Drug Busts and More

May 14, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick News

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(Bismarck, ND) — A man who shot at police during a high-speed pursuit in Bismarck last April has been sentenced to 16-and-a-half years in prison.

Kyle Johnson took off when police tried to pull him over on warrants, firing a gun, weaving in and out of traffic, and forcing other drivers off the road in the process. He crashed after hitting spike strips and was shot in the hand by officers after he stepped out of the vehicle with a gun, which he pointed at his own head.

Johnson pleaded guilty to multiple gun and drug charges.




2. Pleasant Prairie police chase of stolen SUV from Lake County, Illinois – Illinois

Two Illinois men were arrested following a miles-long police chase in Kenosha County on Wednesday, April 29.

The Pleasant Prairie Police Department posted video from the pursuit on Facebook. Officials say on that Wednesday, an officer located a stolen SUV from Lake County traveling northbound on Green Bay Road. The officer attempted to follow the SUV while organizing additional units and the use of stop sticks. However, the suspect recognized he was being followed and tried to elude officers.

During the police chase, Pleasant Prairie police successfully deployed stop sticks to the suspect vehicle, twice. Both deployment of stop sticks were successful and the vehicle eventually lost a tire. A squad car was used to try and slow down the suspect vehicle but he continued to swerve and try to flee. The suspect vehicle made contact with the Pleasant Prairie squad car which caused it to lose control and crash into a tree. Two adult males from Illinois were taken into custody.

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Two men who evaded police in a car with stolen plates from Grovedale to Ballarat have been arrested.

A silver Corolla was seen allegedly driving erratically on the Surf Coast Highway just before 2pm Monday, before it sped off.

The police helicopter helped officers on the ground monitor the vehicle to Elaine, where stop sticks were deployed.




4. Retail theft suspects driving a U-Haul truck led West Allis police on a chase through city – Wisconsin

A retail theft at a Home Depot led to police pursuing a U-Haul truck through the streets of West Allis on Sunday, police said.

At 3:30 p.m., West Allis police officers were dispatched for reports of a retail theft at Home Depot, 11071 W. National Ave., according to the West Allis Police Department.

When officers got to the business, they were told the suspects fled eastbound on National Avenue in a U-Haul truck with Arizona license plates.

Officers located the vehicle near 10200 W. National Ave. and attempted to pull it over. The truck did not stop and a pursuit began. During the pursuit, stop sticks were successfully deployed, police said.



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6. Trio accused of string of thefts across metro Atlanta leads deputies on chase reaching 100 MPH – Georgia

Using three stolen vehicles to evade police, Michael James Horsefall sped up to 180 km/hr on grid roads and highways north of Saskatoon — often in the wrong lane — before driving through a golf course, a dog park and a steep embankment along the city’s north end riverbank.

The hour-long pursuit was captured by the police air support unit on Nov. 9, 2023.

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It ended around 9:50 a.m. in the Silverwood Heights neighbourhood when Horsefall, who almost hit three women walking in the park adjacent to the riverbank, got stuck in bushes as he drove toward the river, according to the facts read out in court.

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7. Driver facing nearly a dozen charges after police chase on Cape Cod, over Sagamore Bridge – Massachusetts

A Stoughton man, wanted on active warrants, is facing nearly a dozen charges after he led police on a high-speed chase through Cape Cod and over the Sagamore Bridge Tuesday afternoon.

Sean Curran, 36, was taken into custody after his vehicle struck the deployed stop sticks on Route 3 North, just north of the Sagamore Bridge, Massachusetts State Police said.

Officials said just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, troopers took primary position in a pursuit that was initiated by Yarmouth police officers.

Video of the chase shows Curran, driving a gray pick-up truck, fleeing from several cruisers as it approached the bridge and swerving around a set of stop sticks that had been deployed in the roadway by police. The video shows the trooper quickly pulling the sticks out of the road while MSP cruisers fly by.

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9. New Bedford man sentenced after high-speed chase by multiple police departments in several Bristol County communities – Massachusetts

A New Bedford man has been sentenced to prison after a police pursuit that went through multiple Bristol County communities.

According to court records, 20-Year-old Duron Colton pled guilty to Receive Stolen Motor Vehicle, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Endangerment of a Child, Assault and Battery w/Dangerous Weapon, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, and Malicious Damage to a Motor Vehicle which resulted in a 2-year-prison term with 2 years to serve.

According to police, at just after midnight on April 5th, 2023, dispatchers at the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Emergency Communications Center notified the Mansfield Police Department of a motor vehicle theft that had just occurred at 60 Robert Drive, Easton, MA, the Avalon Apartment Complex, located just east of the Mansfield Town line.

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10. Four suspects charged after chase in stolen Kia in LeRoy – New York

Batavia, N.Y. — Four juvenile suspects from Buffalo were arrested near the New York State Thruway exit in Batavia early Tuesday after a chase in a stolen Kia.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., a Genesee County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop a speeding Kia Forte at the Batavia Thruway entrance. Police discovered the car had been reported stolen.

The Forte tried to leave the Thruway at the LeRoy exit and get onto Interstate 490. The car was stopped by spike strips.

After a foot chase, all suspects were apprehended and charged with criminal possession of stolen property. One was also issued several traffic tickets.

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