MSP Searches for Suspect in Petoskey After Officer Hit by Car

A Michigan State Police sergeant from the Saint Ignace Post is recovering Thursday morning after a hit and run near the Mackinac Bridge.

Dispatchers told officers it was a White Tahoe vehicle that “deliberately struck an officer.” It was later found in Petoskey, but the driver was nowhere to be found.

The search for that driver continues Thursday morning.

State police released a description of the suspect: they’re looking for a white man, 6-feet and 4 inches tall, 210 pounds, with green eyes. UPDATE 08/13/20 6:53 a.m. The suspect has been arrested.

It all started just after 7:30 Wednesday night with reports of a reckless driver in a white Chevy Tahoe in Alger County.

MSP says a car matching that description pulled in behind the Saint Ignace State Police Post near the Mackinac Bridge around 9:30 p.m.

A sergeant talked to the driver and smelled alcohol on his breath.

State police say the sergeant tried to shut the car off when the driver wouldn’t. But the driver put the SUV in reverse, dragging the sergeant with the driver, and then broke through a bridge toll booth.

Multiple departments followed the Tahoe but lost sight of it around Bayview.

White Tahoe Lt. Derrick Carroll says the SUV was found around 10:30 p.m. in Petoskey on Resort Pike Road.

“The troopers called out that they did find some footprints in the area and we alerted the canines and they are in the area searching for a possible track. We have a perimeter set up, an outer perimeter set up, and we have the area contained as we search for the suspect,” Carroll says.

The sergeant is in stable condition so far Thursday morning and “all x-rays came back negative.”

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