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MSP: Alcohol a factor in deadly head-on crash involving police cruiser

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities say alcohol may have been a factor in a deadly head-on crash involving a police cruiser. 

It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday on N. Saginaw Street near Damon Street in Flint.

Michigan State Police Lt. Dave Kaiser said a Flint Police Department patrol car with two officers inside was southbound on N. Saginaw Street when a northbound Buick Enclave crossed the center turn lane and hit the police car head-on.

The officers were taken to Hurley Medical Center with minor injuries.

The man driving the Buick, 57-year-old George West of Flint, was taken to the hospital and later died of his injuries, Kaiser said. 

Kaiser said the officers were not responding to an emergency at the time of the crash, and the investigation found the police vehicle was braking before impact.

Several empty liquor bottles and a container with liquor in it was found in the Buick, Kaiser said. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

An autopsy has been scheduled for West.

"We're going to take out the black box on both vehicles and that will tell us what happened immediately prior to the crash. If the brakes were applied or if the vehicle was accelerating or speeding up," Kaiser said.

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