Police pursit in reaches 120 mph on I-69, 1 officer injured

LEE TOWNSHIP, MICH. - A 46-year-old man from Decatur was arrested on multiple charges including fleeing from police, resisting arrest causing injury and operating under the influence of liquor after leading police on a high speed pursuit in the wrong lanes of I-69.

Calhoun County Sheriff Department Sgt. Brent Lincoln said about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday deputies found a vehicle stopped on the side of the road on V Drive North near 21 Mile Road in Lee Township.

Deputies saw that the driver was passed out with the engine on and the car in gear. They knocked on the window until the man woke but he then sped away westbound on V Drive North.

At the end of the roadway the man crashed through a fence and onto I-69 where he began driving southbound in the northbound lanes. Patrol cars continued their pursuit, reaching speeds of 120 mph.

About a half-dozen officers from Marshall, the Tribal Police and the Michigan State Police assisted, Lincoln said, by trying to place spikes across the road in front of the fleeing vehicle and closing the highway to oncoming traffic. The pursuit continued about 21 miles before the officers were able to close around the car and force it to stop. 

The driver came out of the car and began to resist officers. An electric stun gun was used twice on the man and he was taken into custody. One deputy suffered an injury during the struggle and he was taken to Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo for treatment but is expected to fully recover.

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