Police chase theft suspects, revive woman who overdosed

SWARTZ CREEK — Two people suspected of using “large amounts of heroin” and attempting to steal merchandise from Meijer were behind bars after leading police on a chase Monday evening.

Around 9:30 p.m., Metro Police Officer Nick Paul was patrolling the parking lot of Meijer on Morrish Road when a citizen flagged him down.

The citizen reported that he had just chased down a man and retrieved from him a 40-gallon tote containing about $1,000 worth of goods belonging to the store.

Paul caught up to the suspects’ vehicle on eastbound Interstate 69, but the driver, a 39-year-old parole absconder from Flint, took off, exiting at Bristol Road, according to Metro Police Chief Matthew Bade.

The pursuit continued east on Bristol Road, around the roundabout and into the General Motors property, where the fleeing driver finally stopped, Bade said.

Paul arrested the driver but found the passenger, a 27-year-old woman from Almont, unresponsive. The driver then said he and the woman had taken large amounts of heroin, the chief said. Officers administered three doses of Narcan to revive the woman.

Both suspects were transported to Hurley Medical Center then, after being medically cleared, to the Genesee County Jail.

The male suspect was on parole for aggravated assault, resisting and obstructing and breaking and entering. The woman has a warrant for shoplifting out of Sanilac County.