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Pursuit ends with crashed squad car

July 5, 2011

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.

Comments

Excellent job!

July 7, 2011 by Anonymous, 2 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 13405

As a person who has recently moved to Plymouth, I am glad to see that the local and county PD's are on the ball! Nice job!

My question is, why isn't this idiot being charged with attempted murder for trying to kill a police officer????? Hopefully he spends a good long time in jail-he won't have to worry about stealing food there, they provide 3 meals a day.

High speed chase?

July 7, 2011 by Anonymous, 2 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 13404

why are the city police on a high speed chase for a shoplifting crime?they are putting a lot of people in danger.

is high speed pursuit really

July 6, 2011 by Anonymous, 2 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 13402

is high speed pursuit really justified for shoplifting?

WEST is a County cop NOT a

July 6, 2011 by Anonymous, 2 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 13400

WEST is a County cop NOT a plymouth city cop so how can the city lose a car when it wasnt in the crash ?

West

July 6, 2011 by editor, 2 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 13401

Ray West IS a city police officer, not county.

Good job catching this idiot

July 5, 2011 by Anonymous, 2 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 13397

I ran into this chase at Rt 17 and Sage Rd Sunday. I was southbound on 17 on my motorcycle and rounded the curve to find this van heading right for me. This idiot looked at me and stayed in the northbound lane as I scrambled to get my bike under control as I tried to prevent getting hit broadside. Later I followed up and saw the final accident on 30. The police did a great job of pursuing this guy without getting anyone hurt. Plymouth PD has always been there for me in the past and I'm glad they were there yet again Sunday. BTW: Chief get them a Hemi Charger. The LTD's are old school. Thanks team!

Motorcycle guy above

July 6, 2011 by Anonymous, 2 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 13403

Great job in keeping control of your bike. I was involved in the pursuit, and saw you almost lose it, I was about to radio to guys behind me, but watched you safely stop. Your welcome!

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