WATERVLIET — Berrien County’s weighmaster is slated to make a full recovery after his car crashed and rolled over Tuesday during a pursuit near Watervliet, state police reported.
Don Goulooze, a retired Berrien sheriff’s lieutenant, lost control of his county car on 70th Street near 48th Avenue in Covert Township, the Niles post reported. The post reported he was treated and released at a hospital.
The incident began at about 12:15 p.m. when Goulooze stopped a car at County Line Road and 48th for violating a traffic signal. While Goulooze talked to the driver, the car then took off, dragging the officer with him. Goulooze was able to free himself and return to his patrol car, state police reported.
Gooulooze pursused the suspect north on County Line Road (70th Street in Van Buren) until his car veered off the road and overturned.
The suspect’s car was found shortly afterward, and police learned the driver had fled on foot into a wooded area in Van Buren County. Berrien’s K-9 unit found the man hiding in the woods.
The Watervliet resident, 42, was placed in the Berrien County jail on possible charges of fleeing and eluding, driving while license suspended and operating while intoxicated – third offense. His name was not released pending arraignment.