Chase Suspect Arraigned In Case Of Deputy’s Death

(WLNS) – The Michigan State Police have scheduled a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Monday to discuss new developments in the death of Ingham County Sheriff’s Deputy Grant Whitaker.

Police have arraigned the suspect who Deputy Grant Whitaker was chasing. The suspect, John Kelsey II was driving a white SUV at speeds as high as 80 miles per hour. Deputy Whitaker was chasing the SUV on Sunday, December 7 when he crashed into a tree and died on scene.

Information obtained by 6 News shows 34-year-old Kelsey was driving on a suspended license. Kelsey is scheduled for a pre-trial conference and preliminary exam next week. He is being held on a $1 million bond. Kelsey faces charges of fleeing a police officer and driving with a suspended license, causing death. Documents from the Michigan Secretary of State’s office show a long history of offenses, dating back to 2000, including a car accident, drunk driving, speeding and more:

March 2000 – Operating under the influence (Howell)
September 2007 – Speeding (Howell)
September 2007 – Accident, operating while impaired (Jackson)
October 2008 – Speeding (Ann Arbor)
December 2008 – Speeding (Mason)
February 2009 – Speeding (Jackson)
March 2009 – Speeding (Jackson)
April 2009 – Speeding (Mason)
March 2010 – Driving while suspended (Howell)
April 2010 – Failure to yield, Driving while suspended (Howell)
May 2010 – Driving while suspended (Howell)
December 2010 – Driving while suspended (Livonia)

The accident happened near Stockbridge, where Whitaker went to high school and served on the city’s police force. Kelsey is also from Stockbridge.

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