Saline Police found the suspect in Friday’s hit and run crash hiding in a closet in his Thorncrest Apartment later that evening.
The crash occurred at McKay and Ann Arbor Street about 4:30 p.m. A 50-year-old Saline man was northbound on Ann Arbor Street in his 2002 Dodge Caravan when a 2012 black Chevrolet Impala, eastbound on West McKay Street, failed to yield at the stop sign. The sedan struck the minivan, causing the minivan to leave the road, strike a utility pole guidewire and roll over on its side.
The sedan continued east on McKay Street, leaving a section of its front bumper behind.
The driver of the minivan was evaluated by Huron Valley Ambulance paramedics and Saline Area Fire Department personnel. He declined further treathment.
Just before 6 p.m., Saline Police Officer Dave Ringe located the vehicle parked at the apartments at 280 Clark Street. Ringe ran the plates and determined the vehicle’s owner lived in one of the apartments. Ringe was greeted at the apartment door by the 35-year-old vehicle owner who claimed his vehicle had struck a deer. On further questioning the man told Ringe that he’d made up the story about the deer and that his husband, a 29-year-old Saline resident, had been driving the vehicle that day. Ringe asked for the location of the driver. The vehicle owner declined until Ringe threatened to charge him for hindering an investigation. The man led Ringe to the bedroom and opened the closet door, where the driver was hiding.
Ringe noted the driver smelled of intoxicants and had bloodshot and watery eyes, according to the report, and that he also had a laceration on his forehead.
The man admitted to driving the vehicle but would not say why he left the scene, according to the police report. The driver said his license was suspended. When asked about alcohol, the man said he did not consume alcohol before the crash. He said he did consume alcohol after the crash, according to the report.
He was cited for failure to stop and identify at a crash. Police said they’ll seek the higher charge of failure to leave the scene of a personal injury crash without reporting to the police.