Alleged Drunk Driver Leads To Wrong Way Chase On I-69 In Calhoun County
A man was arrested early on the Fourth of July after leading authorities on a high speed chase on the wrong side of the highway in Calhoun County.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office says in a release that around 1:40am Tuesday, a man was found passed out in his car with the car still running and in gear, on V Dr. North near 21 Mile Rd. in Lee Township. Deputies knocked on the car window, and eventually the man woke up and sped off.
Deputies gave chase, and the man drove through a fence and began traveling southbound on northbound I-69. authorities say that the Marshall Police Department, Tribal Police and Michigan State Police participated in the pursuit and conducted efforts like laying down stop-sticks and closing the highway down to minimize the risk of a head on collision.
The chase, which at times reached speeds of 120 mph, eventually came to an end about 21 miles later where a patrol car got in front of the suspect vehicle and forced it to stop. The driver attempted to resist arrest, and a struggle ensued; the man was eventually subdued with a taser and arrested.
A deputy was hurt in this incident, and was taken by ambulance to Oaklawn Hospital. Around 6:30am, the CCSO said that the deputy is recovering, but has been transferred to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo as a precaution. No civilians were injured, and authorities say that no crashes took place as a result of the wrong-way pursuit.
The suspect, identified as a 46-year-old Decatur man, was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest causing injury and Operating While Intoxicated 3rd or subsequent offence. He remains in jail pending arraignment.