Alcohol, Speed Believed To Be Factors In Crash

Posted at 7:52 AM, Jul 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-23 07:52:20-04

According to deputies, the driver of this 2000 Chevy Prism told witnesses he was afraid of going to jail, and asked them to just help get his passenger out of the car. Alcohol and speed are both believed to be factors.

DECATUR TWP, Mich — An investigation is underway after a single-car crash in Van Buren County that may have involved alcohol.

Sheriff’s deputies said in a media release that witnesses called about the crash around 2 p.m. Monday, July 22. A 2000 Chevy Prism had crashed in the 94,000 block of 36th Street south of 92nd Avenue. A passenger was pinned in the vehicle, but the driver apparently told the witnesses he didn’t want to go to jail, and asked them to just help get the passenger out of the car.

Deputies did go to the scene, and fire personnel had to remove the 24-year-old male passenger from the car. The 30-year-old driver was bleeding from the head, but both men are expected to recover.

The investigation continues, and the conclusion will be sent to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office for review. At this point, deputies do believe both alcohol and speed were factors.