Driver running red light sparks crash with Oakland Co. Sheriff's cars
A driver who ran a red light Friday in Pontiac ended up causing a chain reaction crash damaging two Oakland County Sheriff's patrol cars, investigators reported.
A detective was traveling north on Woodward Ave. in Pontiac about 10:45 a.m. with another investigator close behind before both stopped for a red light at Huron Street, authorities said in a statement.
They both proceeded when the light turned green, but a 74-year-old man driving west on Huron in a Ford C-Max ignored the red light on his side then broadsided one of the detective’s vehicles, according to the release.
"The vehicle slid sideways in a northwesterly direction causing it to strike a marked Sheriff’s patrol car which was parked on northbound Woodward just north of the intersection, on the scene of an earlier unrelated crash," authorities wrote.
The C-Max came to rest facing eastbound, the opposite direction it was traveling in.
Meanwhile, the detective vehicle struck the rear of the patrol vehicle and the curb, rolled over and landed on its roof.
The detective was transported to McLaren Hospital for an evaluation then released.
No other injuries were reported. The Ford driver, a Chesterfield Township, was cited for failure to obey a teach control device, sheriff's officials said.