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Car crashes into emergency vehicles while police investigate another crash

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Aug 14, 2020

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A car crashed into emergency vehicles, almost hitting a trooper, after failing to yield for police lights at the scene of another crash, Kalamazoo police said Friday.

The vehicle then led Michigan State Police on a high-speed chase and was able to get away from officers near the Green Hills Apartment complex on Lake Forest Boulevard near West Main Street.

Police describe the vehicle as a white or silver four-door early 2000's Kia Amanti with damage to the left front fender. A witness told police the driver was a Black male. Troopers were not able to get a plate number.

In the first crash Kalamazoo police were investigating, a 54-year-old Kalamazoo man in a wheelchair was hit by an eastbound pick-up truck on in the 4000 block of West Main Street.

He was transported to the hospital and is in critical condition.

The incidents occurred about 10 p.m. Thursday, according to Kalamazoo police.

The driver of the truck, a 26-year-old Kalamazoo resident, was taken to the Kalamazoo County Jail on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and causing serious injury, which has a penalty of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Police continue to investigate both crashes.

Anyone with information about these incidents may call the Township of Kalamazoo Police Department at 269-488-8911 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100. If you have information on the car that almost hit the trooper and damaged several police vehicles, please call the Paw Paw Michigan State Police Post at 269-657-5551.