MONTCALM TOWNSHIP – Four people, including three young children, were hurt after an alleged intoxicated driver crossed the center line and hit a family of five head-on.
Police were looking for a Chevy Lumina minivan after callers to Montcalm County Central Dispatch reported it was driving erratically around 1 p.m. Sunday.
Minutes later, the minivan crossed the center line on West Sidney Road just west of Berridge Road and slammed head-on into a Dodge Durango carrying a family of five.
Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services transported three children in the Durango ages 11, 6 and 3 to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville with minor injuries. Their parents were treated and released at the scene for scrapes and bruises.
The 38-year-old Lumina driver also was transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital for treatment. Police believe the driver was under the influence of prescription pain medication when the crash occurred.
A report has been forwarded to the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office, which may file criminal charges in the case.
All five people in the Durango were wearing seatbelts while the Lumina driver, who was alone, was not wearing a seatbelt.
“This could have been a serious accident with deadly results,” Undersheriff Mark Bellinger said. “The driver’s evasive action in attempt avoid the collision could very well have saved his family’s life.”