Clare County Driver Identified in Police Chase and Fiery Death

ISABELLA COUNTY, MI – Clare County Sheriff’s Deputies tried to stop  a red 1992 Chevrolet pickup on Friday, October 31st, 2014 about 12:30pm after the driver of the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign in Farwell, Michigan.Police Investigation

The driver of the truck has been identified as Duane Stahl, 46-years-old, from Clare.

According to the Clare County Sheriff’s Office Stahl was driving erratically.  Spike strips were deployed but the driver continued to flee.  Deputies pursued the vehicle as it sped towards Clare County and then south to into Isabella County.

The vehicle continued eastbound on Stevenson Lake Road.  Shortly after Duane Stahl crossed Mission Road, the pickup truck he was driving crashed into a tree, catching on fire.

Authorities tried rescue efforts to put out the fire and remove the Stahl but were not successful.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.