NEW BUFFALO — A New Buffalo police car was struck at the conclusion of a low-speed chase on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Police reported that Sergeant Jason Grimmett of the New Buffalo Police Department was treated for minor injuries at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital in St Joseph following the incident.

The police report follows:

On Tuesday, October 15th, at approximately 7:45 p.m. a broadcast was put out by the Berrien County Public Safety Dispatch Center regarding a vehicle that was eastbound on U.S.12 driving erratically near the Michigan state line. Deputy Hureskin with the New Buffalo Township Patrol was able to locate the vehicle on U.S. 12 traveling eastbound with a Long Beach Police patrol vehicle behind it. Deputy Hureskin took over the pursuit and had his emergency lights and siren activated. The suspect failed to stop and was traveling 25 to 30 mph and driving erratically. The suspect failed to stop for police until it collided with a New Buffalo City Police patrol vehicle at the intersection of U.S 12 near Whittaker Street in the City of New Buffalo. Officers attempted to remove the suspect driver (a 46-year-old man from Michigan City) from his vehicle and he was not compliant. During this encounter officers learned from the subject that his blood sugar level was low. Medic One Ambulance was requested and confirmed that the subject’s blood sugar level was low and he was treated by paramedics. The driver was transported to Spectrum Lakeland Hospital in St Joseph where further medical treatment was obtained.

SUSPECT:

46 year old white male from Michigan City Indiana.

SUSPECT VEHICLE:

GMC Savana Van, Grey in color with an Indiana Registration

PROPERTY DAMAGED:

New Buffalo City Police vehicle sustained damage to the rear of the vehicle including the bumper and lift gate. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Roger’s Wrecker Service.

No arrest was made from this incident at this time due to the medical condition of the driver. A copy of this report will be forwarded to the Berrien County Prosecutors Office for review. Alcohol does not appear to be factor in this incident at this time.

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