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Motorcycle driver in critical after chase in Kent County
KENT COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A man is in critical condition after leading police on a short chase that resulted in a crash on his motorcycle. It happened around 8 Tuesday night.
According to a release, 24-year-old Salkan Karic drove away from a Michigan State Police trooper on East Beltline Avenue just south of Leonard Street.
MSP followed and the suspect turned east on Knapp St and continued to flee until the troopers lost sight of the suspect near Knapp St and Grand River Ave.
They say they reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. MSP put out a broadcast to area departments about the subject and vehicle description.
A Kent County Deputy located the subject on E. Fulton St. As the deputy approached Ada Dr on Forest Hill Ave.
As he turned his petrol car around the suspect turned his body all the way around and looked at him.
The deputy got behind the suspect on Forest Hill Ave at Cascade Rd where he stopped for the traffic light. The light turned green and the subject pulled out into the right turn only lane and passed all the cars in front of him on the right hand side in the intersection at a high rate of speed.
The deputy lost sight of the motorcycle for a brief moment. He found that the motorcycle and its driver had lost control through the first sharp turn before crashing in the second tight turn on Forest Hill Ave at Engleside Dr SE.
The suspect was transported by Life Ambulance to Spectrum Hospital-Butterworth Campus ER where he remains in critical condition.
Alcohol may have played a factor.