DOWAGIAC — A South Bend resident faces several number of charges after allegedly causing an accident and then leaving the scene, only to be tracked down later by Dowagiac city police.
According to a news release, the crash occurred around 9:40 a.m. Friday on East Division Street near West Railroad Street. When emergency responders from Dowagiac and Wayne Township arrived, they found that a vehicle on its side with the occupants injured and trapped inside. Police also were told the suspect who caused the accident had fled. Police were advised the driver caused the accident by running through the stop sign at East Division Street and side-swiping a car.
“The suspect then fled the area at a high rate of speed with witnesses attempting to follow it,” police noted in the release.
The vehicle that had been hit was driven by Linda Walker, 65, of Fayette, Alabama. Passengers included Bobby Statler, 76, of Niles, and Brenda Starret, 65, of Dowagiac. Police said all were transported to Ascension/Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. They were treated and released.
Acting on tips received at the scene, police said they located the suspect and his vehicle at a house in the 400 block of Michigan Avenue in Dowagiac.
Police said the man’s driver license is currently suspended, and “that he had been drinking all morning.”
Police said the suspect, 21, faces chargers of operating while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, and driving while license suspended.
The man, whose name is being withheld pending arraignment, was lodged at the Cass County Jail.