Police got a tip about the stolen car at 2:03 a.m. and minutes later, saw it on Stadium Drive and Howard Street. When they tried to stop the driver, he drove off onto Howard. Police say he lost control of the vehicle and hit the curb, but kept driving, headed west on Stadium.
The suspect, 16, crashed again near Rambling Road, and hit cars parked at the Express Auto, causing the car to rollover. Police say the teenager also had a loaded handgun with him. He was arrested on charges of unlawfully driving away an automobile, freeing and eluding, and carrying a concealed weapon. The suspect also had an outstanding warrant.
He was taken to an area hospital for minor injuries from the crash and then went to the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home.
Anyone with information should call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.