VIDEO: Suspects lead police on wild chase in Harrison Township

(WXYZ) - A man is in custody after leading police on a high speed chase which ended in a crash in Harrison Township.

According to Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, 36-year-old Gary Karas was pulled over Sunday around 6 p.m. for texting while driving his Ford F-150.

“Detected he had may been drinking during the conversation,” said Sheriff Wickersham.  “He requested that he exit the vehicle and it was at that point the driver put it in reverse, hit the gas, smashed into the patrol car.”

According to police, Karas got onto I-94 and was speeding over 100 miles per hour.  He led a deputy on a two mile chase.

Eventually. he got off the freeway. Investigators said Karas ran through a construction zone and knocked down a barrel in his attempted escape.

After turning onto Union Lake Road, the chase ended in a dramatic crash.  The F-150 broad sided another deputy vehicle.

The deputy in the second vehicle was intercepting Karas' pickup truck.

“Thankfully nobody was injured,” said Sheriff Wickersham.  “The only person that went to the hospital was the driver himself, the suspect in this case, and he was brought back to the jail late that afternoon.”

Karas appeared in court on charges from the chase and crash.  According to Sheriff Wickersham, Karas has had several DUIs in the past.

“He’s not getting the message and he’s not learning,” said Sheriff Wickersham.  “We’re hoping we’ll be ale to put him away and this time give him some serious jail time.”

Tuesday afternoon, Karas was arraigned on new charges.

Karas is now charged with six felonies including two counts Assault With A Deadly Weapon, Fleeing And Eluding Police, and Driving While Intoxicated.

He was also charged with some misdemeanors including Texting While Driving.

His bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety and he was taken back to the Macomb County Jail.

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