BENTON HARBOR, MI – On Friday, April 5th at 3:40pm, a MSP (Michigan State Police) trooper from the Niles Post stopped a vehicle in the city of Benton Harbor on Odgen Ave near Division Ave.
The driver smelled of intoxicants and would not provide a driver’s license. When asked to step from the vehicle, the driver refused. The trooper opened the driver’s door to place him under arrest. During this, a struggle ensued and the driver was able to put the vehicle into drive and accelerate away from the scene as the trooper hung onto the door and steering wheel. The suspect driver/vehicle traveled approximately 1070 feet before crashing into a parked vehicle. This collision threw the trooper from the suspect vehicle onto the roadway. The suspect driver then attempted to flee on foot and continued to resist arrest. The trooper took the suspect into custody with the assistance of an duty police officer and responding officers.
The trooper and suspect were treated for minor injuries at Lakeland Hospital-St. Joseph and released.
The 32-year-old male suspect was lodged at the Berrien County Jail on the following charges:
- Carrying Concealed Weapon-Firearm
- Felonious Assault
- Resisting & Obstructing arrest
- Flee & Elude
- Operating While Intoxicated-3 rd Offense
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm
- Felony Firearm
Troopers were assisted at the scene by Benton Harbor Police and Benton Twp Police.