Carson City man causes drug-fueled series of car crashes in Ionia


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 8:17 pm on Friday, January 17, 2014

Michael Bussell

IONIA — A Carson City man was arrested after allegedly causing a series of drug-fueled car crashes Wednesday afternoon, leaving a teenage girl injured.

Michael Jay Bussell, 38, was charged with operating under the influence of drugs and driving on a suspended license. He was arraigned today in Ionia County District Court.

According to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy witnessed a personal injury motor vehicle crash in front of the Admiral gas station on M-66 in Ionia around 4:18 p.m.

Bussell allegedly drove left of center at a high rate of speed southbound in the northbound lane of M-66 and entered the intersection on a red light.

Michaela Lewis, 17, of Saranac, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. When she began to perform a left turn from Tuttle Road onto M-66, Bussell’s vehicle crashed into her vehicle.  The impact caused Lewis’ vehicle to go airborne as it spun around before impacting a second vehicle. The second vehicle was stopped in the northbound lane of M-66, for the red light.

Bussell caused further damage as his vehicle left the roadway, impacting a street sign before going into the ditch.

Lewis was transported to Sparrow Ionia Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

All drivers were wearing their seat belts.  Air bag deployment occurred on the at-fault vehicle.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Ionia Department of Public Safety, Life Ambulance and Ionia County Central Dispatch.

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