Cruiser damaged, officer OK

Posted by Daily News • Last Updated 4:05 pm on Tuesday, November 08 2011

A parked Greenville Department of Public Safety cruiser was rear-ended early Sunday morning.

GREENVILLE — A Greenville public officer is OK after he was rear-ended while sitting in a parked police cruiser early Sunday morning.
At about 2 a.m. officers from the Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to an assault complaint near the 700 block of South Lafayette Street.
Officer Sean Parsons, who responded as a back-up, had just stopped in front of the residence, activated his emergency warning lights and was preparing to exit his patrol car when his car was struck from behind by a suspected drunk driver in a 2004 Toyota Four Runner.
Police believe Mitchell Byrne, 24, was driving the vehicle that injured Parsons.
The impact sent Parsons and his police cruiser up and over the curb and a telephone switching box. Officer Mark Cole rendered aid to Parsons, who was knocked unconscious for a time.
The force of the impact caused extensive damage to the patrol car and Parsons was transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital, where he was treated and later released.
The badly damaged Toyota then fled the scene southbound on M-91.
Shortly after the accident, Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies located the Toyota near the corner of M-91 and Baker Road in Eureka Township. The vehicle sustained significant front end damage and was missing its right front tire.
The suspect was not with the vehicle and appeared to have fled on foot.
The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team tracked the suspect to a wooded area before losing the trail. Police are still looking for Byrne.
Anyone with information regarding Byrne’s whereabouts is asked to contact Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office detectives at (989) 831-7590 or the sheriff’s tip line at (989) 831-7593.

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