Four taken to hospitals after drunk driver crashes into patrol car

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Oct 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-23 14:24:51-04

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, MI (WXYZ) — According to Michigan State Police, an officer was involved in a crash that occurred on the Boyne City Road near Quarterline in Hayes Township at approximately 9:40 p.m. Friday night.

According to police, the trooper was transporting a prisoner to the Charlevoix County Jail when a vehicle crossed the centerline towards the patrol vehicle. The trooper made an evasive maneuver to avoid a head-on collision when another vehicle, a blue minivan occupied by two persons, struck the patrol vehicle.

The driver of the minivan, a 42-year-old Charlevoix man, was taken to Munson Healthcare Hospital in Charlevoix and later lodged in the Charlevoix County Jail.

His passenger, an 11-year-old female, was taken to McLaren Hospital in Petoskey.

She suffered a broken ankle and was later released.

The crash remains under investigation. Drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash.