WAYLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – The Wayland area man authorities say caused a deadly rollover crash while trying to evade an Allegan County deputy is expected to be formally charged Monday afternoon.
Jemimah Palsce, 36 of Albuquerque, New Mexico died at the scene when the vehicle she was riding in was hit by the drunk driver, authorities said. A couple also in the car, 57-year-old Scott Robert Foster and his 56-year-old wife, Barbara Ann, remain in the hospital. Scott Foster was last listed in serious condition while his wife was in critical condition.
The crash happened early Saturday morning on 135th Avenue near 4th Street in Wayland Township. Allegan County Sheriff’s deputies say a Gun Lake Tribal Police officer was transporting someone to the Allegan County Jail on southbound US-131 when a vehicle nearly side-swiped him while passing at a high rate of speed. The officer contacted dispatchers to alert them of the driver.
An Allegan County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the driver as he took the Wayland exit and began driving east on 135th Avenue. Authorities say the deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped off.
The deputy lost sight of the vehicle, but continued driving eastbound on 135th Avenue until he spotted the suspect’s vehicle flipped in the ditch near 4th Street in Wayland Township.
A short time later, a passenger in the second vehicle called 911 to tell dispatchers they’d been hit. A deputy and officer found the vehicle had rolled into a densely wooded area, which made it “virtually impossible” to see, authorities said.
Investigators said Palsce, who was sitting in the rear passenger seat, was thrown from the second vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.
Authorities believe the driver who sped away from officers and caused the crash was intoxicated. Deputies said he was belligerent and uncooperative with the deputy who found him trapped inside the vehicle following the wreck.
The suspect was taken to the Allegan County Jail after being treated at an area hospital.
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