Man apprehended after Iron County chase

CRYSTAL FALLS – A male suspect has been taken into custody after leading authorities on a 13-mile pursuit on U.S. 2 through Iron County.

The incident began in Iron River on Monday at about 1:37 p.m.

Iron County Sheriff Mark Valesano said that a deputy observed the driver of a 2005 Jeep Liberty showing signs of what appeared to be road rage.

The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle on U.S. 2 near the McDonald’s restaurant.

Valesano said that the driver of the Jeep Liberty failed to acknowledge the deputy and continued to travel east on U.S. 2 at speeds between 45 and 60 miles per hour.

Troopers from the Iron Mountain post of the Michigan State Police were able to deploy stop sticks on U.S. 2 near Fortune Lake in Crystal Falls Township.

The vehicle came to a stop after hitting the sticks, allowing authorities to take the driver into custody.

Valesano reported that the man was lodged in the Iron County Jail on offenses of following too close, disregard a stop sign, flee and elude a police officer, driving on a suspended license, and no proof of insurance.

The man’s name will not be released until after he is arraigned on formal charges in Iron County Trial Court.