Michigan Ambulance, Cruiser Hit by Drunken Drivers

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OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — An ambulance and a police cruiser were damaged early Sunday morning in a strange series of drunk driving accidents.

A Kalamazoo County dispatcher told 24 Hour News 8 that the string of crashes began around 4 a.m. when an ambulance stopped near the intersection of Green Meadow and Drake Road to check the well-being of a driver who had lost control of his car and ended up in a ditch.

The 31-year-old Kalamazoo man driving that car was arrested for drunk driving, but while the ambulance was stopped, it was struck head-on by another drunk driver.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s department officials said that driver is an unidentified woman who was driving a black Honda Accord or Civic.

She hit the ambulance so hard that a large portion of her car was torn off. The woman fled the scene and hit the ambulance several more times in the process. Police say they suspect she was severely intoxicated.

County sheriffs responded to the car hitting the ambulance to investigate, but shortly after they arrived, just before 6 a.m., a third drunk driver in the area hit a police cruiser, disabling the vehicle.

That driver, a 26-year-old Hopkins man, tried to run from officers, but was caught after a pursuit. He was charged with drunk driving and fleeing and eluding police officers.

County dispatchers said the cruiser is not drivable.

Law enforcement officials are still looking for the female driver of the black Honda Civic or Accord that hit the ambulance. The car has substantial damage to the front end.

If you have any information about the driver, you are asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department or Silent Observer.

Republished with permission of WOOD-TV.