COLOMA, Mich. – A reckless motorcyclist outran police as he was being pursued Tuesday afternoon on I-94 in Berrien County, but the high-speed chase came to a sudden end when the bike crashed head-on into a squad car.
WSBT spoke with Michigan State Police Trooper Russell Bawks, who said police spotted the speeding motorcycle at the 52 mile marker near Lawrence, veering in and out of traffic, passing cars on the right side of 94 as he was heading west, driving on the shoulder of the highway at speeds over 100 miles an hour.
It all started around 3 p.m.
The reckless motorcyclist led state police for 13 miles on a high-speed chase, and in fact outran officers with speeds up to 150 miles an hour.
At mile marker 39 at Friday Road in Coloma, the biker decided to get off 94. No cops were behind him because he was going so fast. As he was sailing down the westbound ramp, he slammed into a Coloma Township police car.
Trooper Bawks says the motorcyclist was airlifted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo and was in very bad shape.
The police officer involved in the crash was taken to Lakeland Health Care in Watervliet and was ready to be released late Tuesday afternoon.
Both the east and westbound ramps off I-94 at Friday Road were closed for awhile while police investigated the crash and cleanup took place.