High-speed chase leads to arrest

A Mount Pleasant man was taken into custody Friday after starting a high-speed chase with police that ended in spike strips being deployed.

Rolland Jackson, 26, was driving near Mission and Bellows streets when a Mount Pleasant Police officer attempted to make a traffic stop, said Officer Jeff Browne of the Mount Pleasant Police Department. 

Jackson, who was driving a Ford Mustang, was being pulled over for speeding and having a loud exhaust, Browne said.

The Mount Pleasant native failed to stop and continued along US-127, which forced the officer to pursue the vehicle, according to a press release from Mount Pleasant Police.

Browne said he estimated the chase covered 15 miles and was conducted at a high rate of speed, eclipsing triple digits at certain points.

“There were times when the speed (of Jackson and pursuing vehicles) was over 100 miles per hour,” Browne said.

Although he does not know how many police vehicles joined in the pursuit, Browne said two Mount Pleasant Police vehicles were involved.

When the chase reached the south end of the City of Clare, the Clare Police Department deployed spike strips, which punctured three of the Mustang’s tires, according to the press release. The puncturing of the tires caused the vehicle to stop and Jackson was taken into custody.

Jackson was charged with fleeing and eluding, and reckless driving. His bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000. He is currently being held at the Isabella County Jail.