Chase suspect arrested

HOUGHTON – The suspect in a Friday high-speed chase was arraigned this morning in 97th District Court, a day after being apprehended in Laurium.

Travis Koupus, 26, was taken into custody after being found in a home in Laurium about 3:45 p.m. Monday.

Koupus is charged with aggravated stalking, a five-year felony; fleeing a police officer-third degree, a two-year felony; and two counts of assaulting/resisting/obstructing an officer, a two-year high court misdemeanor.

He is accused of being involved in a domestic situation at Walmart about 6:30 p.m., then fleeing the scene in a police chase of up to 90 miles an hour. Police ended the pursuit in Dollar Bay for public safety reasons.

Houghton County Prosecutor Michael Makinen urged Judge Charles Goodman for a higher bond than the original $10,000 because of a previous fleeing.

“This is the second time the people believe Mr. Koupus has hidden from the police,” he said. “We believe that family members have helped him, so we think he is a risk not to show up.”

Makinen said Koupus had also targeted the victim of the aggravated stalking several times.

“He just will not leave this victim alone,” he said. “There have been multiple times where he’s approached this victim immediately after being released from jail.”

For further evidence of the need to raise the bond, Makinen pointed to the fleeing itself, in which Koupus allegedly had police at his vehicle before he took off, hitting another car, before leading them on the chase.

Koupus denied some of Makinen’s allegations.

“I was talking to her mom,” he said. “That’s how this all started. My family didn’t come hide me … I don’t know why he’s saying that.”

Goodman set the bond at 10 percent $500,000. A pretrial hearing will take place within two weeks.