CASS COUNTY, MI — An Indiana man is dead after a chase early Sunday morning.
According to Cass County Sheriff reports it began around midnight Sunday, when a police chase originating from Nappanee, Indiana, led to a devastating crash in Michigan.
Adrian Smith, 49, of Elkhart, Indiana, died when an allegedly stolen vehicle he was in as a passenger struck a tree near Cassopolis Road. Smith reportedly wasn’t wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
A short time later, the driver escaped on foot, only to be apprehended swiftly by a Michigan State Police K-9 unit. Authorities suspect drugs played a role in the fatal incident. The driver’s identity will be revealed post-arraignment.