MSP: Fleeing driver crashes; 2nd motorist injured

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News
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A driver is facing charges after fleeing from Michigan State Police in Clinton Township on Thursday and crashing into another car, injuring a motorist.

A trooper was trying to stop the driver for speeding in a 1999 Dodge Caravan about 2:20 p.m. on southbound Gratiot near 15 Mile, state police said in a statement.

The 20-year-old Clinton Township woman pulled into a parking lot and stopped, but when the trooper exited, she "fled from the scene," MSP said.

While the trooper pursued her with emergency lights and sirens activated, the van driver approached a red light at the intersection of southbound Gratiot and eastbound 15 Mile. She "slowed down for the red light, almost coming to a stop, but then accelerated through the red light, colliding into another vehicle," state police said.

The motorist in the second vehicle was transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries, state police said.

The driver also was taken to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries. A passenger in her vehicle did not report injuries at the scene, state police said.

In an update late Thursday, MSP said suspected narcotics were found inside the suspect's van.

The van driver was processed for operating under the influence of narcotics and was to be lodged at Macomb County Jail pending arraignment Friday.

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