Car flips, catches fire after Osceola County police chase

REED CITY  — A vehicle caught fire after rolling during the course of a police chase early Sunday morning in Osceola County.

Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle at around 12:30 a.m. on 220th Avenue near Six Mile Road. The driver failed to stop and increased his speed, disregarding stop signs as he fled deputies.

The driver lost control of his vehicle on Seven Mile Road, traveling east and coming to a portion in the asphalt road where it becomes gravel.

The vehicle left the roadway, rolled several times, then caught on fire. Deputies were able put the fire out with their fire extinguisher and provided medical assistance Fire/Rescue and EMS arrived.

The driver, a 37-year-old Sand Lake man, was transported to Reed City Hospital and later flown to Butterworth. The passenger, a 35-year-old Lake City man, also was transported and flown to Butterworth.

The accident is still under investigation. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this incident. Names are being withheld at this time pending charges.

The case is being prepared for review by the Osceola County Prosecutor. The accident scene was investigated by the Michigan State Police.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Reed City Fire/Rescue, Reed City Police, Michigan State Police and Osceola County EMS.