ALBION, Mich. (WOOD) — A suspect was hospitalized after leading police on a chase near Albion Saturday night.
The chase started around 9 p.m. when officers tried to stop a vehicle on N. Eaton Street for an equipment violation, according to the Albion Department of Public Safety. Instead of pulling over, the driver took off.
Going faster than 70 mph, the suspect’s vehicle continued north past C Drive N, where Eaton Street turns into 28 Mile Road.
By the time the chase reached J Drive N, a few miles outside of Albion, officers were going 100 mph and the suspect’s vehicle was still outpacing them.
The officers then stopped the chase, turning off their lights and sirens and turning around.
A short time later, Albion police say, a Calhoun County sheriff’s deputy who was keeping an eye out for the vehicle found it crashed on 28 Mile Road near M Drive N, only a mile or so away from where officers had discontinued their pursuit.
The driver of the suspect vehicle, a 31-year-old from Albion, had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and was airlifted to the hospital.
The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash, and says alcohol may have been a factor.