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Officials: Pontiac man crashes into patrol car, flees

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A 36-year-old alleged drunken driver from Pontiac was arrested early Sunday after he crashed into an Oakland County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle and fled the scene, officials said.

The crash occurred around 3:15 a.m. near Stanley and Montcalm in Pontiac, according to a sheriff’s office release. A deputy was stopped at a red light when he saw a dark-blue sedan approach from the opposite direction. The sedan swerved left of center and collided with the patrol vehicle, coming to a stop behind the officer.

The deputy was not injured, officials said. He notified central dispatch and other units in the area of the crash, then approached the sedan. The driver inside quickly put the vehicle in reverse and fled the scene.

The deputy provided responding units with the sedan’s direction of travel and its license plate information, officials said. The disabled vehicle was located around the block near Lakeside and Lounsbury.

“The driver was apprehended a short distance from the vehicle,” officials said. “He appeared to be intoxicated and had a laceration to the back of his head.”

The motorist admitted being the driver involved in the crash, according to officials. He was transported by ambulance to McLaren Hospital-Oakland for treatment and a blood draw.

Once medically cleared, the suspect was transferred to the Oakland County Jail pending charges.

The incident remains under investigation, officials said. There is no footage of the crash.

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