Police chase ends in multi-vehicle crash in Lansing
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Emergency crews were called Wednesday afternoon to the intersection of Jolly Rd and Waverly Rd, which was been shut down after a multi-vehicle collision. Police working to clear the intersection, but required drivers to avoid the area for several hours.
Just before the crash, troopers from the Michigan State Police Lansing Post, while working with local officers, made a traffic stop for a motor vehicle code violation. In the course of the conversation troopers learned that the 37-year-old driver did not have their license, and was on parole. In addition, the 36-year-old passenger had an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest.
Police say when the troopers re-approached the vehicle, the driver fled the scene, nearly running over an officer. A pursuit was initiated.
In the course of the pursuit the troopers were informed that the passenger was being kidnapped, and was in the car against her will. A pistol as well as what is thought to be narcotics were thrown from the vehicle, although they were recovered by assisting officers.
While heading North on Waverly Road, police say the suspect attempted to weave between several vehicles that were stopped at a light. They failed, striking three stationary vehicles, losing control, and then crashing into a tree. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle and attempt to flee on foot, but was quickly taken into custody by troopers.
First aid was administered to the passenger of the fleeing vehicle, who had a large cut on her arm. Lansing Fire transported both the driver and the passenger of the fleeing vehicle, as well as the driver of a Chevy Impala that was struck by the fleeing vehicle, to the hospital, all with minor injuries.
The driver of the suspected vehicle has been taken to the Ingham County Jail for Flee and Elude, Felon in possession of a firearm, CCW, and possession of narcotics. These charges are pending a decision by the prosecutor.
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