Deputy’s cruiser hit during traffic stop on I-96 in Ottawa County


WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police say a deputy’s patrol vehicle was struck during a traffic stop Saturday evening.

It happened after 6 p.m. along westbound I-96 near 48th Avenue in Ottawa County’s Wright Township.

According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy was conducting a traffic stop when a Kia Soul struck the vehicle.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash, but the roadway was shutdown for about 15 minutes, so crews could clean up the scene and move the vehicles.

Police say the deputy was not inside the vehicle when it happened. The emergency lights were also activated.

Police say the driver of the Kia was cited for failing to stop for an emergency vehicle.

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  • Faliure to stop??? Explain???

    I was in the car behind the Kia Soul when the accident took place. There were four adults (and our two young kids) in the car with me, my dad was driving. We all saw the accident and saw it coming. The driver of the Kia Soul made no effort to get in the left lane for the patrol car and was riding the far right line consistently. We moved over and slowed down to allow the Kia to move over but the car did not move. It was horrible to watch. The road was not busy and driving conditions were perfect. The Kia had plenty of time and room to get over. The patrol car was stopped close to the white line, but the Kia didn’t move over at all. The Kia then spun out in front of us, my dad had to slam on the breaks and maneuver to avoid being part of the accident. The driver should be cited for distracted and reckless driving and should no longer have a drivers’ license. It was inexcusable and 100% avoidable.