Pursuit ends with crashed squad car

PLYMOUTH — A multi-county, multi-police department car chase Sunday afternoon left a Plymouth Police Department squad car totaled and the subject of the pursuit behind bars.
The chase, which started near Martin's Super Market in Plymouth in response to a shoplifter, ended when suspect William Thomas Parks, 49, unknown address, rammed a PPD squad car driven by Cpl. Ray West. West received only minor injuries.
According to the PPD, the incident started at approximately 12:38 p.m. when Marshall County 911 dispatched PPD units to Martin's Super Market in reference to a shoplifter. The 911 dispatch advised the suspect was a male black, leaving the area in a white minivan.
Officer Shelly Church responded to the area observing a white minivan westbound on Jefferson.
Church pulled the vehicle over and as she approached the subject on foot he fled. Church pursued the subject in her squad car.
The pursuit led her to Culver where she lost the subject near S.R. 17 and S.R. 10.
A short time later she overheard a Marshall County unit was pursuing the vehicle back
northbound on S.R. 17 and she allowed the county unit to take over the pursuit.
West joined the pursuit on U.S. 30 at Redwood.
The subject traveled several miles westbound in the eastbound lane of traffic. Near the Grovertown truck stop the suspect turned his vehicle and headed it directly into West.
Although West received only minor injuries the impact totaled the Plymouth squad car.
The suspect was identified as Parks, who was lodged at the Marshall County Jail for felony theft, resisting law enforcement, and criminal recklessness.
Other charges are pending.