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Police chase ends with attempted suicide on downtown highway

Posted at 11:07 AM, Mar 18, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan State Police continue to investigate after a police pursuit ended in a suicide attempt on busy stretch of U.S. 131 through downtown Friday night.

At 9:40 p.m. Friday, MSP troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop for suspected drunken driving in the area of U.S. 131 and West River Drive in Grand Rapids.

The driver refused to stop and a police chase ensued, according to authorities.

The suspect vehicle traveled southbound on 131 and eventually stopped south of Wealthy Street. The driver then fired a single shot, inflicting serious injuries to himself, according to police.

He is currently hospitalized in critical condition. Police are withholding the motorist’s identification pending the notification of relatives.

No police officers were injured during the incident.

MSP was assisted at the scene by the Grand Rapids Police Department and AMR Ambulance.