Berrien Co. sheriff’s sgt. hurt in 4-car crash

WATERVLIET, Mich. (WOOD) — A Berrien County sheriff’s sergeant was hospitalized Wednesday after a four-car crash caused by a driver believed to have been using drugs, police say.

The crash happened around 1 p.m. on eastbound I-94 at M-140 in Watervliet, according to the Michigan State Police Department. Authorities say the sergeant had the lights on his cruiser running as he escorted a slow-moving semi-truck off the highway.

A pickup truck going much faster rear-ended the cruiser, MSP said. The cruiser was shoved into the semi-truck being escorted and into a second semi to the cruiser’s side. MSP said the cruiser and pickup sustained “extensive” damage.

The sheriff’s sergeant was taken to Lakeland Hospital and was listed in stable condition later Wednesday. The precise nature and severity of his injuries was not included in a Wednesday release from MSP.

The driver of the pickup, a 32-year-old Hartford man, had to be freed form the vehicle. He was taken to a hospital in Kalamazoo, where he was in stable condition. MSP said they think he had been using narcotics and that was a factor in the crash.

It’s not yet clear what charges he may face.

Eastbound I-94 was shut down for a time as police investigated, but later reopened.