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Police: Driver of stolen truck falls trying to flee

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) – The driver of a stolen pickup truck fell with it and then fled on foot from police before being arrested by officers in Kalamazoo on Saturday night.

Around 7:45 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers found a pickup truck that had been stolen from Eaton County. They tried to stop the truck near Wells Place and March Street, but the driver sped two blocks away from officers, police say.

As the truck reached the intersection of Lake and Mills Streets, the driver ran a red light and collided with another vehicle that was traveling south on Mills Street. The driver of the stolen pickup truck then got out of the car and started walking. He was quickly caught by the police.

The 41-year-old driver is a Kalamazoo resident and was taken into custody for receiving and hiding stolen property and fleeing and evading police. He was taken to the hospital with injuries after the accident, police said.

There were two passengers in the stolen truck, a 21-year-old man and a 24-year-old man. They were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. According to police, none of the occupants of the stolen truck were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

The other vehicle involved in the accident was being driven by a 33-year-old woman. She was being treated at a hospital for minor injuries and was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, police said.

The intersection of Lake Street and Mills Street was closed after the accident. Consumers Energy repaired a damaged power pole, according to a press release. The police are investigating.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call KDPS at 269.488.8911 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

https://www.woodtv.com/news/kalamazoo-county/police-driver-of-stolen-truck-crashes-tries-to-flee/ Police: Driver of stolen truck falls trying to flee

Dais Johnston

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