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Driver crashes in police chase

KALKASKA — A driver trying to elude arrest twice tried to crash into police officers before running into a power pole in a crash that left him hospitalized in critical condition.

A Michigan State Police trooper attempted to stop a driver for reckless driving on U.S. 131 north of Kalkaska just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, but the driver refused to pull over and fled south at a high rate of speed, the Kalkaska County Sheriff's Department reported.

A police officer with the Village of Kalkaska attempted to deploy road spikes at the village limits but the officer had to flee the control box for the spike system when the driver tried to hit the officer with his car.

The driver then allegedly tried to crash his car into the path of a sheriff's department patrol car, but the deputy avoided the crash and the suspect hit the power pole on U.S. 131 just south of Dresden Street inside the village.

The driver, identified as a 46-year-old male from Rockwood, had to be pried out of the car before being transported to Munson Medical Center. Charges are pending.

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