BRIDGMAN — Michigan State Police reported that a 2011 Jeep Cherokee fleeing from police on I-94 early Monday, Nov. 25, ended up sparking a multi-vehicle accident.
According to a pice report, troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding on eastbound I-94 near Sawyer, at 3:05 a.m. While troopers were approaching the stopped vehicle on foot, the driver accelerated away (reportedly causing minor injuries to one of the troopers). The troopers then engaged in a pursuit with the suspect vehicle, exiting at Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman before re-entering the highway at Bridgman.
"As the suspect vehicle began to merge onto I-94 … (it) collided with a semi truck/trailer traveling in the right lane. The suspect vehicle lost control, began rolling over and collided with a second semi truck/trailer traveling in the middle lane."
Police said the driver of one of the semis was transported to Lakeland hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other semi driver did not receive any injuries as did the four occupants of the suspect vehicle (all from the Chicago area).
Police reported that the driver of the suspect vehicle was lodged for driving while intoxicated, fleeing & eluding police and resisting/obstructing police while investigations continue involving the other occupants of the suspect vehicle.
The crash caused westbound I-94 at mile marker 16 to be closed for three hours.
The State Police were assisted by the Berrien County Sheriffs Department, Bridgman Police Department, Chikaming Police and Bridgman Fire Department.