GRPD cites driver who hit police cruiser and fled

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident early Saturday that involved a police cruiser.

A 21-year-old man was located and cited for leaving the scene of an accident following a hit-and-run crash involving the cruiser at the intersection of Burton Street and Plymouth Avenue SE at approximately 12:05 a.m.

The suspect’s van traveled southbound on Plymouth through a flashing red light and struck the police cruiser as it traveled eastbound through a flashing yellow light. The suspect’s vehicle continued southbound to Plymouth and Alger where the driver fled on foot.

The officer received a medical evaluation but was not injured in the crash.

The suspect was located at a residence a short time later and cited.


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  • Bob

    How can the police be at the scene of an accident and not be able to catch the hit and run driver? Did the accident disable the police car? Where were all the other police cars? It’s not like there is a lot of traffic out a 12 am.
    This sure makes the Grand Rapids Police Department look good.

    • Chris

      It happened right in front of my house the police car was totally disabled the airbags went off it was a two-car accident in front of my house. 3 minutes later were seven or eight police cruisers and a fire truck

    • Michael

      The cruiser was disabled from the crash therefore the officer in it was unable to pursue the suspect. The officers were able to find the suspect and take the proper enforcement action. I don’t see how you can claim this makes GRPD look bad.

      I’d imagine the other police cars were in their assigned sections working.