A 20-year-old East Lansing man died after his motorcycle struck a Fowlerville police cruiser and crashed Tuesday morning during a high-speed chase on Interstate 96 in Handy Township.
Sheriff Bob Bezotte said the 4:20 a.m. crash killed Carl Albert Stamm IV, a Lansing Community College student, whom the sheriff said "had no reason to flee" from officers attempting to stop him for speeding.
"There's no reason for him to run other than not wanting to get a ticket," the sheriff said, noting that Stamm had a clean driving record and a valid motorcycle endorsement.
"As sad as this is, as tragic as this is, (Stamm) controlled everything that happened," Bezotte noted.
Stamm's uncle, Jeffrey Stamm of Almont, told the Detroit Free Press that his nephew "was a happy-go-lucky kid." He told the newspaper that the family would have no additional comment.
Bezotte said a deputy running radar at Mason Road and westbound I-96 clocked Carl Stamm traveling at 104 mph at around 4:20 a.m. A second deputy stationed at M-59 and I-96 also used radar and clocked Carl Stamm at 114 mph, Bezotte said.
As the two deputies caught up to the 2001 Yamaha YZF600R motorcycle, Carl Stamm increased his speed to nearly 130 mph, according to a sheriff's deputy's in-car camera that records speed estimates. That recording also shows Carl Stamm, whom police initially said was from South Lyon, passing other motorists, including a semi.
Very quickly, he is barely a speck on the in-car video.
"He just walked away from our patrol cars at that point," Bezotte said. "We asked Fowlerville (police) to go on the expressway, which they did."
The Fowlerville officer, a 14-year veteran, entered the expressway and activated his emergency lights, which Bezotte said authorities hoped would help Carl Stamm decide to stop. However, he attempted to pass the officer, and his motorcycle struck the rear of the Fowlerville officer's car.
The crash is not visible on the police video, but a poof of dust on the south side of the road indicates the motorcycle slid across the expressway.