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Police seek attempted murder charge

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 16:00:52-05

LAINGSBURG, Mich. — Laingsburg Police Department Chief Dan DeKorte has confirmed to Fox 47 that a DeWitt Township officer has been hospitalized following a crash Wednesday morning, along with a 33-year-old woman.

He says both the officer and the other driver have non-life threatening injuries.

DeKorte was in pursuit of the woman, who was driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan, in Laingsburg at about 11:03 a.m. on January 15.

He said the chase lasted 11 minutes and started after the woman was stopped for an outstanding warrant.

The warrant had been issued in 54-B District Court in East Lansing for dangerous drugs.

He said he recognized the woman and had seen her driving around in downtown Laingsburg. He said he had a previous public safety matter with her back in December.

DeKorte said the woman drove through Laingsburg, headed west to Round Lake Road to Chadwick to northbound Williams and then to westbound Jason before the accident occurred.

While in the area of West Jason Road, he said DeWitt Township Police had an idea that she was coming and put out two spike strips. He said the woman hit the spike strips but continued driving westbound on Jason for about a half-mile.

As she approached Old U.S. 27, DeKorte said officers turned on eastbound Jason Road and tried to stop her.

DeKorte said she crossed the center line and drove straight into a DeWitt Township officer's vehicle. The crash happened right at the intersection of West Jason Road and Old U.S. 27.

He said she appeared to intentionally hit the vehicle.

He said she had to be cut out of the minivan by emergency crews. DeKorte said the officer had to be pulled out of the vehicle because crews had to spray it with a fire extinguisher.

Chief DeKorte said the woman made a statement to police after she struck the vehicle that she wanted to kill herself.

The Clinton County Sheriff's office has taken over the case and is recommending the prosecution look at an attempted murder charge for the woman who caused the crash.

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