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Harrison Township — The theft of a pickup in Harrison Township kicked off a 100 mph police chase that ended with a fleeing driver ejected from his vehicle and landing in the middle of Interstate 94.

Detroit residents Jerome Havard, 23, and Jermaine Havard, 25, have been charged in the incident, which occurred before 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a stolen car complaint originating at the San Remo Apartments on Union Lake Road.

The owner of a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer told sheriff’s dispatchers that his truck has been taken from the complex’s parking lot, followed closely by a Dodge Avenger.

A Chesterfield Township police officer identified the vehicles heading westbound on I-94 and contacted sheriff’s deputies. When deputies caught up with the vehicles and switched on their sirens and lights, the Avenger immediately pulled over. But the truck accelerated to more than 100 mph in an attempt to escape.

The pickup driver lost control of the vehicle near the 14 Mile underpass, striking a snowbank. The truck flipped over and the driver was ejected. He landed in the middle lane of westbound I-94 but was alert enough to speak with deputies on the scene.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Jerome Havard was driving the pickup. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and remains there. He has been charged with four counts, including: unlawful driving away, fleeing a police officer and driving with a suspended license. He has not been arraigned.

His brother, Jermaine, is charged with unlawful driving away, conspiracy to commit unlawful driving away and driving with a suspended license. He was arraigned by video at 41B District Court in Clinton Township and given a $15,000 cash-or-surety bond. Authorities say Jermaine Havard was driving the Avenger.

He remains in Macomb County Jail and is due in court next on March 9.

JLynch@detroitnews.com

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