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Alert: Objects being thrown from overpass

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Police are putting out an alert after objects were thrown from some Mid-Michigan overpasses.

Clayton Township Police, in Genesee County, said they are aware of objects being thrown from the overpasses on Nichols and Duffield Roads onto I-69.

There have been between five and six incidents since the summer, with an incident on Oct. 31 being the most severe.

Officers said a woman was driving on westbound I-69 and was just approaching the Nichols Road overpass when someone dropped a fan encased in a bag onto her vehicle. The fan busted through her window.

The driver had minor injuries to her face because of the broken glass.

TV5 viewer Billy Harper Jr. said he had something thrown at his vehicle from the Nichols Road overpass in early October. 

Harper said it was an egg and caused a small dent and paint issues to his car.

Officers report the times are random, although it’s happening at dark and the suspects are trying to hit vehicles.

Police don't know who is doing it, but said it needs to stop before somebody gets hurt or even killed.

Bill Harper said the late night, hour-long drive home from work is usually pretty routine, but that changed with a bang recently.

"It sounded like a gunshot. It was loud and it startled me," Harper said.

It happened as he crossed under the Nichols Road overpass in Clayton Township.

"I ended up pulling off the shoulder of the road. It startled me a little bit. So I ended up, got my bearing and called the police. And when they were on their way I got out of my vehicle and went and checked and discovered it was an egg," Harper said.

Someone dropped that egg from an overpass. It doesn't seem like much, but that egg damaged his car and his paint job.

He said luckily he gained his composure before losing control.

Sgt. Charlotte Brown, with the Clayton Township Police Department, is asking people driving in the area to keep an eye out for suspicious activity near the Nichols Road and Duffield Road overpasses.

"We have beefed up patrols in the areas trying to catch these guys. We just don't have a suspect," Brown said.

Harper said the sooner there is a suspect, the safer he'll feel going home each night.

"If they don't make it home to your family or friends because of an egg or I heard the fan, none of that's funny. It's not funny," Harper said.

Officers have beefed up patrols and are asking if you see any suspicious activity to call 911 immediately.

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