Woman dies during Monroe police chase


Authorities have identified the woman killed today during a car chase as Diana Cupp, 59, of Monroe.

Officials from the Monroe Police Department and the Monroe post of the Michigan State Police continue to investigate the chase that ended with a suspect being trailed by police colliding at a high rate of speed into the driver's side of Ms.Cupp's sport-utility vehicle.

A Monroe police officer in a marked cruiser was stopped near the intersection of West Front and Toledo streets about 12:17 p.m., when a vehicle sped by, traveling “at an excessively high rate of speed and driving recklessly,” according to a news release from the department.

The officer attempted to the stop the speeding vehicle, but the suspect's vehicle ran a red light and crashed into Ms. Cupp's SUV as she was attempting to leave the parking lot of Kroger, near Jones Avenue. 

Sgt. Richard Ohanesian said the officer who first spotted the driver's erratic behavior said there was a two-minute window from the time that the chase started until the vehicle crashed, a distance of "maybe just over a mile."

The current location of the suspect was not immediately known.

"I don't know if he's still in the hospital or in the county jail," Sergeant Ohanesian said. "I can't comment on that. If he's not at the hospital, he's probably under arrest." 

When the suspect was taken into custody after the crash, a female passenger in his pickup was also taken into custody, but then released after questions, he said. 

"It appears that she's been released, [with] possibly no involvement in this," he said. 

But as of tonight, the verdict was out on what might happen next to the suspect.

"I'm sure there's going to be charges to follow. I can't tell you what kind of charges," Sgt. Ohanesian said.