BURNS TWP., MI (WLNS) – Jason Cleveland picked up his typical coffee at the Windmill Point Party Shop before 6:30 like he does almost every morning, but things changed after he paid.
“Some guy walked in and said are you driving that red Chevy truck, I said yes I am, then he pulled a big old like a 12 inch buck knife out,” said Jason Cleveland, witness.
Cleveland threw a bottle of water at the 29-year-old man from Owosso.
Employees called 9-1-1. Then the suspect grabbed a woman and took her outside.
Luckily an off-duty Durand officer just pulled in.
“As the officer looked towards the front door, he observed a suspect holding a lady in a chokehold, pulling the woman toward the vehicle,” said Lt. David Kaiser, Michigan State Police.
Lieutenant Dave Kaiser says a struggle soon followed between the man with the knife and the off duty officer.
A round did go off and the woman got away.
But the Owosso man hopped in her car and lead police five miles down the road, along Grand River just past Britton Road.
“Apparently the driver was suicidal and wanted to harm himself as well as possibly harm police officers.”
He managed to send himself and a 50-year-old woman from Bancroft to the hospital as he hit her head on.
Michigan State Police say dash cam video makes them believe he did it on purpose.
“I do know she was close to her house at the time of the crash.”
Lieutenant Kaiser says it looks like the woman was trying to get over to the shoulder to make room for police during the chase when she was hit.
Leaving investigators to pick up the pieces and figure out why someone would steal a car and intentionally crash head on.
Michigan State Police say they’re waiting to interview the 29-year-old man from Owosso and don’t yet know if drugs or alcohol played a role in this crash.