- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

MASON, Mich. (AP) - Investigators have released a more-detailed description of a vehicle that an Ingham County sheriff’s deputy was chasing before he was killed in a crash.

State police on Friday asked for the public’s help in finding the white 2003 GMC Denali with a Michigan license plate CPP 6978. Investigators say the license plate may have been changed following the chase.

John C. Kelsey II of Stockbridge is charged with first-degree fleeing/eluding causing death and operating a vehicle on a suspended license causing death. He was arraigned Monday and is due back in court next week.

Authorities say an officer in an unmarked sheriff’s car began chasing a sport utility vehicle on Dec. 7 after the driver failed to stop. Deputy Grant Whitaker took over as the lead pursuer in his marked vehicle when he lost control and crashed about 2 a.m. near Stockbridge, about 40 miles southeast of Lansing.

Police have said that deputies were trying to stop Kelsey for a traffic violation. Police weren’t able to catch the SUV.

The Stockbridge High School graduate had been a sheriff’s deputy for less than two years after serving with police departments in Stockbridge and Waterloo Township. A memorial fund has been set up at Mason State Bank in Mason.

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