Grand Rapids man escapes police chase after crashing into ditch

HUDSONVILLE, MI – A driver escaped police chase in Hudsonville early Sunday after driving the car into a moat, police said.

An Ottawa County sheriff’s assistant stopped the driver at around 3:15 a.m. on June 13 at 36th Avenue and Chicago Drive, the sheriff’s department said in a press release.

The driver, a 38-year-old Grand Rapids man, was traveling with a 44-year-old Grand Rapids man, the police said. The driver moved away from the deputy and initiated a police pursuit of the car, the message said.

After three minutes, the car crashed into a water-filled drainage ditch at the intersection of 32nd Avenue and Barry Street, police said. While the driver escaped, the passenger was briefly detained in the car before Hudsonville city firefighters freed him, police said.

Paramedics took the passenger to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in stable conditions after sustaining minor injuries, police said. None of the passengers wore seat belts, it says in the message.

The police are currently investigating the driver’s whereabouts. Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident can call the Sheriff’s anonymous tip number at 616-738-4687.

The area around 32nd Avenue on Barry Street was closed to traffic to allow the sheriff’s department to investigate the accident and the crime scene. The department received support from Hudsonville City Fire & Rescue and Life EMS.

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