UNION PIER — A sec­tion of I-94 in Chikam­ing Township near Union Pier was closed for several hours Wednesday morning, June 26, causing a massive traffic back-up after a wrong-way driver crashed into a semi.

According to the Ber­rien County Sheriff ’s Of­fice, Diego Flores-Valero, 25, of Chicago, was go­ing the wrong way on I-94, traveling east in the westbound lanes at a high rate of speed at 3:01 a.m. When a sheriff ’s deputy tried to stop him, he crossed the median and began travel­ing east in the eastbound lane. He then tried to cross the median again and was struck by a semi­tractor traveling west, police said.

Undersheriff Chuck Heit said Flores-Valero was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicat­ed, fleeing/eluding police and resisting/obstructing police. He was taken to Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph for observa­tion, Heit said.

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