Cyclists flees, crashes into police car

A Rockford man will face charges after failing to stop for Michigan State Police officers, fleeing and then crashing into the back of a Michigan State Police cruiser. Rockford Post Commander Lt. Chris McIntire said the driver of a 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle, with a passenger, was northbound on US-131 at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, August 23 when a trooper noticed a rear light was not working. The officer tried to pull the motorcycle over and the driver initially started to come to a stop at the side of the road, but then sped off. Another trooper farther north was alerted and turned on his flashers. The driver tried to pass the second vehicle but instead crashed into the rear of the car.

“There weren’t serious injuries,” said McIntire. “They were treated and released at the hospital.” McIntire said the driver remains free and has not yet been arrested while prosecutors decide what charges he will face. The name of the 20-year-old has not been released. “We know who the individual is and we’re confident he’s not going to drop off the face of the earth where we can’t find him,” McIntire stated. He also said he doesn’t know why the individual decided to flee. “They never get away. Bicycles are the only ones that sometimes can, but they don’t realize they will never be faster than a radio.”

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