PLYMOUTH — A police officer and a suspect were injured after a chase in Plymouth Thursday afternoon. The suspect was taken to to the hospital and later released.
Plymouth Detective Sgt. Leo Mangus suffered a cut to his arm. The suspect, 19-year-old Travion L. Qualls, suffered unspecified injuries and was transported to the hospital and then booked in the Marshall County Jail.
Qualls has preliminarily been charged with theft, a misdemeanor; resisting law enforcement resulting in injury, a felony; trespassing; and false informing. His bond has been set at $10,000 cash.
Plymouth Police were called at 1:19 p.m. Thursday, regarding an individual who had just stolen an item from Martin’s Supermarket, Plymouth, and was leaving the store. The individual who reported the theft, followed Qualls across Columbus Drive.
When Mangus arrived he attempted to apprehend Qualls, as the suspect was running to the north, near Berkley Street. Qualls continued running north and eventually ran into an open garage on Wilson Street. Mangus located Qualls in the garage and during a struggle, Qualls was able to slip out of his jacket and escape. This is when Mangus suffered the cut to the arm.
Mangus then chased Qualls into a backyard, where the suspect crawled under a deck on Wilson Street.
After other officers arrived, Qualls was eventually removed from under the deck and handcuffed. When he was apprehended, Qualls gave police a false name. It was through further investigation police learned his true identity.
Qualls had stolen an alcoholic beverage, which was located in the area where he had been running.
Qualls was released form the hospital at approximately 5 p.m.
Plymouth Police report Qualls had been arrested on Sept. 22 for stealing the same type of alcoholic beverage and ordered not to trespass at Martin’s Supermarket. He also is on probation in Elkhart County.