State police arrest 9 after car chase on I-96 in Oakland Co.

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Nine people have been arrested after a multi-department police chase early Monday on Interstate 96 in Oakland County, Michigan State Police said.

Police said they recovered early Monday morning five Chevrolet Camaros stolen from a factory in Lansing, including this one.

They also said five stolen vehicles — all Chevrolet Camaros — were recovered. According to police, in total the vehicles are worth about $375,000.

Troopers with the state police's Brighton Post called the Metro North post at about 1 a.m. to report the pursuit of two groups fleeing east on I-96 from Kensington to Grand River.

State police said they believed the two groups of vehicles were stolen from an auto plant in Lansing. Each group consisted of two to four cars each, police said.

Authorities attempted to execute traffic stops but the drivers of the stolen vehicles refused to pull over during a chase that went through Ingham and Livingston counties until it ended in Oakland County.

A state police helicopter and officers from multiple police agencies, including the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and Metroparks Police, and multiple state police posts pursued each group, they said.

One of the groups crashed on I-96 near Kensington Road, officials said. Some of the stolen vehicles crashed after police utilized stop sticks.

Another of the vehicles police recovered early Monday morning after a car chase that started in Ingham County and ended in Oakland County.

Some fled on foot but nine people were arrested, they said. Those suspects were taken to jail in Lansing to await charges for fleeing and eluding police, receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle, resisting and obstructing an officer and conspiracy to commit an illegal act.

Police said eight of the nine suspects are from the Detroit area and one is from Saginaw. They range in age from 20-24. 

The other group separated and some exited at Grand River.

No injuries were reported, officials said.

General Motors officials issued a statement about the incident: "We are cooperating with local law enforcement to recover stolen vehicles from GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant. We will be enhancing security at the plant and surrounding parking lots." 

There have been several incidents of theft from lots where automakers or third parties are storing vehicles. In 2019, two men were indicted on charges of conspiring with others to steal 61 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in 2017 while vehicles were being stored at the Pontiac Silverdome, which has since been dismantled.

Additionally, Chrysler's Jefferson North plant has been targeted by thieves in recent years, as well as the Warren truck plant.