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Man recounted erratic driver suspect who tried to run him off the road on I-94

Man recounted erratic driver suspect who tried to run him off the road on I-94. (WWMT/Zach Lawler)

Police said one crash after another sprinkled along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 Monday were the handy work of an erratic driver in a stolen vehicle who finally pulled off the highway near 9th Street in Texas Township.

The suspect, in a white Ford Explorer, harassed multiple drivers about 5:30 p.m., including Jim Long who was taking his 5-year-old son to swim practice.

"He was getting closer and closer, I thought it was just a road rage thing," Long said. "He flashed the brights a couple times or something."

Long said the driver hit the back his car. He was able to keep control of it, stay on the road and called 911 immediately.

"When he hit me I was like, ‘I can't believe you took it to this level where you would bump my car going 60 - 65 miles per hour," Long said.

Police said the driver hit several other cars before pulling over in a ditch near 9th Street in Texas Township.

"I was like I can't believe this he hit this green Focus and the dispatcher goes 'what?’ and I go, ‘Yeah, he hit another car,’" Long said.

Officers arrived on the scene, but the suspect refused to get out of the car, so they smashed the window and took him into custody.

Long had been transporting his boat over the weekend and left the hitch on the back. He thinks that spared him a lot of damage.

"The ball is a little dinged up but that’s what he ended up hitting," Long said. There's "no damage we see visibly to the bumper, but we're going to take it in and make sure the frame is OK.”

The incident caused traffic headaches on I-94 for several hours as lanes were closed off to deal with the crashes and he suspect.

Police said the suspect was taken to the hospital for observation and then taken to the Kalamazoo County Jail.

No word on pending charges.

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Correction: This article was edited from its original posting to include the correct location of the police stop.


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