KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Michigan – Kalamazoo Township police arrested a driver who allegedly fled police at a high speed and crashed into another vehicle.
Several people were treated for minor injuries.
The incident began around 6:50 p.m. Sunday, July 26. Kalamazoo Township police were responding to a report of shots fired in the 3200 block of Butternut Lane when officers saw a gray Jeep – identified as possibly involved in the gunshots – leaving the area.
Police tried to pull the vehicle over but the driver fled at a high speed, Lt. Scott Jackson said in a statement.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee later collided with another vehicle at West Michigan Avenue and North Park Street in downtown Kalamazoo. It then crashed into a brick wall and light pole outside of the parking lot at First Congregational Church.
The driver, a 40-year-old Paw Paw man, and three passengers, ran from the scene, police said. Police caught the driver and two of his passengers – a man and woman, both 30-year-old Kalamazoo residents – but the third got away.
All of those involved in the crash were evaluated at local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.
The woman in the fleeing vehicle was admitted to a hospital for treatment of injuries.
The driver and the male passenger were taken to the Kent County Jail related to the incident as well as outstanding warrants, police said.
Police expect to provide reports for Kalamazoo County prosecutors to review for charges.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety assisted at the scene.
Police asked anyone with information to call Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or Township of Kalamazoo Police Department at 269-488-8911.
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