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MSP: Man stabbed wife, led police on chase in northern MI

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Posted at 12:01 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 12:01:22-05

TUSCARORA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A man was arrested in northern Michigan after authorities say he stabbed his wife and then led them on a drunken chase.

Police say they were called Saturday night after a woman was stabbed by her husband near Indian River, about 20 miles east of Petoskey. The woman had escaped from a vehicle during an alleged assault by her husband, but authorities say he chased her down and stabbed her before taking off in the vehicle.

Shortly after midnight, a Michigan State Police trooper found the suspect vehicle nearby and tried to stop it. At that point, authorities say the suspect drove off, starting a chase.

The pursuit came to an end when the trooper used the PIT maneuver, causing the driver to lose control and go into a ditch.

The suspect, a 38-year-old man from Topinabee, was taken into custody for fleeing and eluding police and operating while intoxicated. He is expected to face more charges for the alleged assault.

Authorities said the victim had to undergo emergency surgery after the stabbing, but is expected to make a full recovery.