Two men, ages 51 and 71, were injured when Battle Creek police said they were placing the body of a dead man into a funeral home transport van and they were struck by a man suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.
Police said they were called to the 100 block of Post Avenue early Saturday after a 60-year-old man was found dead in a home. The man died of natural causes, police said, and a transport crew from Baxter Funeral and Cremation Service at 375 W. Dickman Road had come to the home on Post Avenue to transport the body.
As the two men were loading the body into the van, police said a car struck the two men, causing minor injuries.
The driver of the car left the scene but the car was found nearby on Inn Road and the man, 43, was inside his home in the 200 block of Post Avenue. He admitted he was driving the car and said he only fled because he was afraid. He told police he drank 2 1/2 beers earlier and smoked marijuana prior to driving.
He was arrested and taken to the Calhoun County jail on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, driving without a license and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.