Detroit/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on January 12, 2024
Drowsy Teen Causes Multi-Vehicle Crash Injuring Michigan State Trooper and Suspect on I-75 Near ClarkstonSource: Google Street View

A Michigan State Police officer and a person recently placed under arrest were injured in a multi-vehicle crash caused by a drowsy teen driver, resulting in the closure of a section of Interstate 75 on Wednesday evening. According to a report by The Detroit News, the incident occurred just after 8 p.m. near Clarkston when the 16-year-old struck the patrol car with his Dodge Durango after veering onto the freeway shoulder.

The crash impacted the trooper's vehicle which then collided with the previously stopped car, housing the arrested driver for suspected impaired driving. Although both the trooper and the suspect were wearing seat belts, they received lacerations to their faces and the trooper sustained a possible broken arm, as described by The Detroit Free Press. Officers at the Michigan State Police highlighted, being seat-belted at the time may have saved the trooper and prisoner's lives.

CBS Detroit reported that the freeway near Sashabaw Road remained closed until further notice following the crash which occurred around 6:30 p.m. The authority's investigation pinpointed the 16-year-old as having fallen asleep behind the wheel, leading to his arrest for reckless driving and subsequent release to his mother's custody. The official update indicated that the trooper is still admitted to the hospital for further evaluation. CBS Detroit quoted MSP Lt. Mike Shaw saying, "We are very fortunate that the injuries in this crash were not more serious, or even fatal."

Following up on the severity of the incident, FOX 2 Detroit added that no other injuries aside from those of the trooper and the prisoner were reported. Echoing Lt. Shaw's earlier sentiment, the traffic mishap served as a grim reminder of the life-saving importance of wearing seat belts. Shaw's commentary, obtained by FOX 2 Detroit, stressed the close call: "The one message we can take from this crash is to wear your seatbelt when in the car. It will save your life."