Bank robbery suspect crashes fleeing police, sparks U.S.-23 closure

Part of U.S.-23 was closed for hours Tuesday in Washtenaw County after a bank robbery suspect crashed while fleeing authorities, police said.

The robbery was reported at a Chase Bank in the 4100 block of East Ellsworth Road in Pittsfield Township at about 1:20 p.m. Witnesses gave township officers a description of the suspect, who was wearing body armor before he fled, as well as his getaway car, investigators said in a statement.

Police soon spotted him and attempted a traffic stop. The man refused to pull over; officers pursued his vehicle to U.S.-23 near Washtenaw Avenue, where he crashed, sparking an hours-long closure that ended around the evening rush hour.

A crash on southbound U.S.-23 at Interstate 94 caused a traffic back up for hours.

The suspect, identified as a 48-year-old Ypsilanti resident, was injured and hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Meanwhile, authorities recovered money, multiple firearms and ammunition at the crash scene and inside his vehicle, police said.

Both directions of U.S.-23 between Interstate 94 and Washtenaw Road were closed as Michigan State Police investigated.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office reported the road reopened at about 4:30 p.m.

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