GRPD: Suspected drunk driver arrested after crashes, chase

Grand Rapids police say a man was arrested after crashing into multiple vehicles, including a GRPD cruiser (October 7, 2017)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police say a man is in custody after he struck multiple vehicles, including a GRPD cruiser.

Police said the man rear-ended the cruiser of a GRPD lieutenant around 2:31 a.m. Saturday in the area of Michigan Street and Lafayette Avenue. After striking the cruiser, police said the suspect took off.

Officers tried to pull the suspect over at Monroe Avenue and Fulton Street, but he would not stop. Police on scene said the chase was called off immediately because the suspect was driving at a high rate of speed.

Authorities said the driver struck a parked vehicle at Monroe Avenue and Michigan Street, got out of his car, and ran off. Police were able to catch him and take him into custody a short distance away.

GRPD said no serious injuries were reported by the lieutenant or suspect.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the incident. The case will be turned over to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office for review.