Chase Ends In Crash Near Hartford

A Detroit woman is in critical condition after a chase with police that ended in a crash on Saturday morning. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department says a report came in around 8:45 that police in Berrien County were chasing a vehicle that was headed toward Van Buren County. The suspect’s vehicle was a gray 2019 Chrysler 300, and was first seen speeding eastbound on I-94 near mile marker 17. Baroda Lake Township police had tried to stop the vehicle when it sped off. However, Berrien County Sheriff’s deputies caught sight of it a short time later. The vehicle entered Van Buren County on County Road 362 and then turned north on to County Road 687 in Hartford Township. That’s where the driver lost control and his vehicle hit an aluminum utility pole. The driver, a 24-year-old man from Detroit, suffered some broken ribs, while his 22-year-old female passenger suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to a hospital. The driver was released into police custody after being treated at Spectrum Health Lakeland hospital in St. Joseph. Police say the driver faces several charges, including fleeing and eluding and driving on a suspended license.