Police chase leads to 3-car crash, 4 hurt - WNEM TV 5

Police chase leads to 3-car crash, 4 hurt

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Reports of a suspicious situation at a Saginaw bank sparked a chase that resulted in a three-car crash.

It started about 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.

Saginaw Police were called to the Huntington Bank, 829 Gratiot, after employees reported someone at the drive-thru window attempted to defraud the bank.

When officers arrived, Saginaw Police Chief Robert Ruth said the suspects drove off, resulting in a chase.

The suspects, driving a blue sedan, drove northbound on Oakley toward Court Street and blew through an intersection, colliding with two other vehicles, according to police.

Investigators said the driver, a 35-year-old man, is a parole absconder and was seriously hurt in the crash.

His passenger, a 21-year-old woman, had minor injuries.

There was one person in each of the other vehicles that were hit. Both of those people had minor injuries as well.

Ruth said the suspects had been involved in stealing and defrauding elderly citizens for three days prior to the incident.

The investigation continues and potential charges are pending.

“It is unfortunate that this incident had to end with a traffic accident but we are glad that it’s over. Thank goodness for the bank employees having good instincts and making the call to 911. Our patrol officers responded quickly and acted accordingly. It was a good team effort from everyone involved," D/Sgt. Reggie Williams said.

The crash ended in front of Kathy's Kards. Christina Sieggreen manages the store.

"It's just such a senseless act. It's too bad it even happened at all," Sieggreen said. "We just heard the accident happen and we immediately went out there and it was just, the girl was thrown from the car quite a ways down."

Sieggreen said the woman was thrown from the car and the man had to be removed using the jaws of life.

Henry Reyna, former police officer, said officers go through a lot of training for situations like this.

"Our law enforcement officers in Michigan are highly trained in the area of defensive driving. It's a big, huge training component to the police academy," Reyna said.

He broke down the protocol officers have to follow when making the decision to pursue a suspect.

"The reason they're pursuing the person. Is it a traffic violation? Or is it a known criminal that has a huge crime spree that they've committed? What are the weather conditions? What are the road conditions? What's the lighting? There's a lot of factors that go into making the call," Reyna said.

He said if residents witness a police chase the best thing they can do is get out of the way.

Police have not released any other information about the two suspects or about any previous convictions in their past. They have not been formally charged so police are withholding their identities at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident should call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-422-JAIL. 

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