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Man leads police on chase; drives across playground

MONTCALM COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - A Montcalm County Sheriff Deputy's vehicle was damaged after a high speed chase led officers through the county and across a playground.

Deputies report that they were called Sunday night just before midnight about a white Buick being driven erratically on Stanton Road near Lake Road.  Officers stopped the car on M-91 near Langton.  The driver attempted to get out of the car, but police ordered him back inside as they approached.  The driver then got back into the car and took off, driving south towards Greenville, at speeds up to 85 mph.

Deputies were joined in the chase by Greenville Public Safety and the Michigan State Police.  The driver drove onto the lawn of Baldwin Heights Elementary School and came to a stop.  He then threw the car into reverse and rammed a sheriff's vehicle and then drove at a Public Safety Officer who had gotten out of his car.  The officer was able to avoid being hit.

The driver then drove through the playground of the school and onto Judd Street.  He then lost control and hit a tree.

The driver is described as a 43-year-old man from Marion, Michigan.  He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.  He is currently in custody and is facing charges of Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting and Obstructing, and Operating While Intoxicated.  More charges may be coming from the prosecutor's office.

The man's name will be released after his arraignment.