Michigan State Police troopers hospitalized after drunk Oak Park man hits patrol car, officials say

Police: 38-year-old Oak Park man arrested for driving drunk, having gun in car

A Michigan State Police car that was struck April 22, 2022, on the Southfield Freeway. (Michigan State Police)

DETROIT – Two Michigan State Police troopers were hospitalized overnight when a drunken driver from Oak Park crashed into their patrol car while they were at the scene of a crash, officials said.

The incident happened around 12:20 a.m. Friday (April 22) in the southbound lanes of the Southfield Freeway, north of I-96, according to authorities.

Troopers said they were policing a traffic crash in the right lane when their patrol car was struck from behind by a Jeep Grand Wagoneer.

The driver, a 38-year-old Oak Park man, was intoxicated, officials said. A pistol was found during a search of the Grand Wagoneer, according to police.

Officials took the driver into custody and transported him for a blood draw, they said. He will be held at the Detroit Detention Center.

Both troopers were taken to a nearby hospital, treated, and released, authorities said. One has a possible concussion, and the other has a back injury.

The case is pending prosecutor review.

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