According to Police Chief Jim Cox, City officers were dispatched to Martin’s Supermarket about 12:30 p.m. by the County Dispatch Center in reference to shoplifter. Officers were told the subject, a black male was leaving the are in a white mini-van.
Officer Shelly Church was in the area and observed the suspect traveling west bound on Jefferson Street. She was able to pull the vehicle over but as she approached the vehicle on foot he took off. She began a vehicle pursuit which headed towards Culver. She lost site of him near State Road 10 and State Road 17.
A short time later she heard radio traffic indicating the a Marshall County unit was in pursuit of the vehicle north bound on State Road 17.
Corporal Ray West from the Plymouth Police Department joined the pursuit at US 30 and Redwood Road. The suspect traveled several miles on westbound in the eastbound lanes. Near the Govertown Truck Stop the suspect turned his vehicle and headed directly towards Officer West’s vehicle. Ray West sustained minor injuried from the crash but his squad car was totaled.
The suspect was identified at 49 year old William Thomas Parks with an unknown address. Parks was lodged in the Marshall County Jail felony theft, resisting law enforcement, and criminal recklesness. Other charges are pending review by the Prosecutor.