2018-05-24 / Courts

High-speed chase ends in three arrests; one misses court date

By Eric Carlson
Of The Enterprise staff


SUTTONS BAY-BINGHAM firefighters ensure a fire does not reignite in a 2006 Chevrolet following a high speed chase Friday afternoon. Leelanau County Deputy Sheriff Greg Hornkohl and State Trooper Jason Tropf were instrumental in arresting suspect Kitchi-Kishap Shomin following the chase. SUTTONS BAY-BINGHAM firefighters ensure a fire does not reignite in a 2006 Chevrolet following a high speed chase Friday afternoon. Leelanau County Deputy Sheriff Greg Hornkohl and State Trooper Jason Tropf were instrumental in arresting suspect Kitchi-Kishap Shomin following the chase. Out of breath, covered in sweat and mud, Kitchi-Kishap Shomin of Peshawbestown, 32, could barely walk or even keep his balance following a harrowing, high-speed automobile and foot chase through Leelanau County Friday afternoon.

It didn’t help that Shomin was wearing handcuffs and being frog-marched barefoot through a muddy farm field to an awaiting sheriff’s vehicle by Michigan State Police Trooper Jason Tropf, himself a lifelong Leelanau County resident.

Several Leelanau County Sheriff’s Deputies were also directly involved in apprehending Shomin and two other men who were passengers in a 2006 Chevrolet Shomin was driving.

A habitual offender, Shomin is being charged with a felony offense of “fleeing and eluding,” malicious destruction of property, driving on a suspended driver’s license, two outstanding contempt of court warrants, and a drug charge. He is currently lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

Shomin’s name is familiar to readers of the court briefs and police blotter pages of the Leelanau Enterprise, as are the names of two other men arrested following Friday’s chase. Rudy Shomin, 25, who also hails from Peshawbestown, and Mauricio Southbird, 23, from Northport, are being charged with resisting arrest and obstructing justice.

The chase started shortly after 2:30 p.m. Friday when a Leelanau County deputy patrolling Bugai Road north of Lincoln Road tried to stop the Chevrolet for traveling 73 mph in a 55-mph zone.

According to a deputy’s report, the vehicle slowed and stopped just north of Fouch Road when one male, one female and a child exited the vehicle. The vehicle then took off at a high rate of speed up County Road 641 when the deputy called in that a pursuit was underway. Other units responded.

The Chevrolet was approaching Donner Road at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour when it blew past a vehicle being driven by Alan Campbell, co-publisher of the Leelanau Enterprise. His wife and son were also onboard.

“He blew by so fast I could hardly see him,” Campbell recalled. “It was scary. He hung a right on Donner Road before I spotted a Leelanau County Sheriff’s vehicle in hot pursuit.”

The deputy backed off but was able to call in directions as the Chevy then traveled north on Maple Valley Road, east on Pleasant Hill Road and north on Kohler Road, according to a police report.

“When the vehicle came to the intersection of Kohler Road and Pineview Road, the driver turned north and then immediately veered off the east side of the roadway into a private driveway,” the report stated. “The Chevrolet continued out into a pasture where it rammed through a metal gate, damaging both the gate and the vehicle before coming to a stop in the field near a swamp.”

The driver and two passengers then bailed out of the vehicle and ignored commands by deputies to stop. They fled on foot in the swamp where the driver and one passenger were apprehended by the Leelanau County K-9 team and Trooper Tropf.

The Chevrolet ignited a small grass fire which was put out quickly with a fire extinguisher by another deputy, according to the report. Suttons Bay- Bingham Fire & Rescue also responded to the scene to ensure the fire did not re-start and spread, and there were no injuries.

Southbird was the first of the suspects apprehended following the chase. Kitchi-Kitshap Shomin, the driver, was apprehended next. The second passenger, Rudy Shomin, wasn’t caught until about 5 p.m. after he was spotted on foot in Suttons Bay.

Rudy Shomin was freed on bond following his arrest Friday, as was Southbird.

However, Southbird failed to appear in court as ordered for an arraignment Tuesday afternoon and it was expected that a warrant would be issued for his arrest, according to Sheriff Mike Borkovich.

As of Wednesday morning, Southbird remained at large, Borkovich reported. Members of the public were being encouraged to dial 911 or phone the sheriff’s office at 256-8800 if they spotted Southbird or knew of his whereabouts.

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