Man allegedly leads police on chase on I-94 while intoxicated

CHIKAMING TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Chicago man was taken into custody after allegedly leading police on a chase on I-94 while intoxicated, according to a press release from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office.

On June 26, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle traveling from Indiana into Michigan, eastbound in the westbound lanes on I-94 at a high rate of speed around 3:01 a.m.

Officers tried to stop the vehicle around Lakeside Road but officials say the driver failed to stop.

Officials say the suspect’s vehicle, a 1993 GMC Sierra pick-up truck, crossed the median, continuing to travel eastbound in the eastbound lane.  The vehicle again tried to cross the median where it was struck by a semi-tractor traveling westbound.

Police say after a struggle with arresting officers, 25-year-old Diego Flores-Valero from Chicago, was taken into custody and transported to Spectrum-Lakeland Hospital for observation.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

I-94 was temporarily closed for crash clean-up with the assistance of New Buffalo Township Fire Department, additional police agencies and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Diego Flores-Valero faces charges of:

  • Operating while intoxicated
  • Fleeing and eluding
  • Resisting/obstructing Police
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