Chase Suspected Arraigned In Deputy Whitaker’s Death

(WLNS) – “Anytime an officer dies in the line of duty, the loss is not only felt by the law enforcement community but the citizens they serve as well.”

On Monday law enforcement expressed thanks to that community who they say played a role in putting 34-year-old John Kelsey II behind bars.

“We established a command center, we also opened a 24 hour tip line and I will say that tip line received hundreds of tips,” said Col. Kristy Etue, Michigan State Police.

Colonel Kristy Etue wouldn’t describe if any one tip lead to John Kelsey II’s arrest Friday, but they did tell us the white SUV, a 2003 GMC Yukon Denali was registered to a relative.

“I can’t necessarily comment on any of the facts yet, because I haven’t seen a police report,” said Brian Morley, John Kelsey II’s attorney.

Kelsey’s attorney, Brian Morley told 6 News he talked briefly for 20 minutes on Sunday with his client, but couldn’t disclose details.

Reporter: “What can you say about the two counts against him?”
Morley: “Tough counts, don’t know enough about the facts yet.”

State police detectives say they’re still working on the chase scene and how Deputy Whitaker lost control along Dexter Trail road early Sunday Dec. 7.

“We’ve had an accident reconstructionist at the scene and that’s an ongoing part of the investigation and we’ll release that at the appropriate time,” said Col. Etue.

State police detectives say the details around how Kelsey got into that Yukon Denali or what led up to law enforcements arrest of the 34-year-old is expected to come out in the pre-trial and pre-exam set for next week.

State police investigators say they’ve received more than 100 tips on this case, including tips through Crime Stoppers of mid-Michigan.

Now even though police have a suspect in custody, they still need your help to find the SUV that they say Kelsey was driving during the chase.

It’s a white 2003 GMC Yukon Denali with license plate: CPP6978. That plate may have been changed since.

If you have any information, call the Michigan State Police at 517-331-5634 or call Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOP.

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