LAKESIDE — Police are seeking charges against a 66-year-old man who they say crashed a car they believe was stolen from a rental company in Farmington.
Police said the unnamed suspect was released after treatment at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, for injuries he received in the crash.
Michigan State Police Lt. DuWayne Robinson said the crash happened at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, on westbound I-94 near Lakeside Road in Chikaming Township.
Robinson said troopers were on patrol when they received information about a possible stolen vehicle traveling west on the interstate near Red Arrow Highway, and spotted the vehicle with one male occupant inside.
Police tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled, leading police on a high-speed chase.
Robinson said troopers pursued the vehicle for several miles before the driver appeared to deliberately crash it into guardrails on the right shoulder near Lakeside Road. He said the driver lost control of the vehicle, crossed back over three lanes of traffic and came to a stop after hitting the median cable barrier.
Robinson said a preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle was reported stolen from Enterprise Rental to the Waterford Township Police Department in March after the driver failed to return it.
Robinson said police are seeking charges of fleeing and eluding and receiving and concealing stolen property, and a report will be sent to the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by Chikaming Township Fire Department and Medic One Ambulance.