GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man sustained life-threatening injuries Wednesday after taking off from an attempted traffic stop, crashing and being ejected from his car.
Around 1 a.m., according to the Grand Rapids Police Department, an officer noticed the driver speeding on Hall Street SE. He tried a traffic stop near Neland Avenue, but the driver sped away. The officer did not chase him.
About a minute later, a car crash was reported in the area of Neland and Watkins Street, only about three blocks away. The officer responded and found it was the same car that fled the traffic stop.
Police say the driver lost control of his car, which then went off the right side of the road, hitting a curb and a guy wire. The vehicle rolled, and the driver was ejected.
The driver, later identified as 41-year-old Terrell McDaniel, was taken to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s with life-threatening injuries.
Speed and alcohol appear to have been factors in the crash, GRPD said. It is not yet pursuing charges against McDaniel.
Anyone with information about the crash who hasn’t yet spoken to police is asked to call GRPD’s Traffic Unit at 616.456.3771 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.