Man Who Led 20-Mile Police Chase Enters Plea
March 25, 2018
24-year-old Justin Todd Thomas of Ypsilanti recently pleaded guilty to an amended count of fleeing and eluding police, and guilty as charged to driving on a suspended license. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to reduce a count of resisting and obstructing police to a misdemeanor.
The charges stem from the August 6th incident that began when Pinckney police attempted to pull Thomas over for a traffic violation. Thomas reportedly refused to identify himself to the officer and then fled from the stop. The Pinckney officer pursued Thomas south through the village to Dexter-Pinckney Road, eastbound on North Territorial Road and then onto southbound US-23. That’s where a Michigan State Police trooper joined the pursuit.
The chase continued on US-23 to Main Street in Ann Arbor, where Thomas eventually stopped at a parking lot and surrendered. No one was injured, nor were there any crashes that resulted during the 20-mile chase. Thomas will be sentenced April 19th. (DK)