Police: Suspected hit-and-run driver flees to Davison Freeway overpass, halts traffic
A driver who fled a hit-and-run crash also snarled rush-hour traffic Wednesday evening on Davison Freeway when he wouldn’t leave an overpass, Michigan State Police said.
A trooper saw the man’s SUV hit a garage along the Davison service drive and tried to stop him, but the driver ran to the nearby overpass at Oakland Avenue in Highland Park, Lt. Mike Shaw said.
The man climbed over the fence between the structure and road below; the trooper who spotted the initial accident tried to talk him back, Shaw said. Fire officials eventually cut through the barrier to pull out the driver.
As authorities tended to the situation, the freeway was closed in both directions for about an hour, Shaw said. Michigan Department of Transportation officials said on Twitter that drivers had to exit at Woodward before Davison was reopened by 6:30 p.m.
The driver behind the tie-up, who appeared to have mental health issues, was turned over to Highland Park police and expected to undergo an evaluation, Shaw said. It wasn’t immediately clear what charges he would face.