Car chase ends in grinding crash

MARQUETTE – A vehicle chase in Marquette Thursday night ended with the driver in the hospital.

At about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the Marquette City Police Department was on routine patrol when a traffic stop for tailgaiting was conducted on U.S. 41 south near Shiras Drive, according to a report from the department.

Police made contact with the driver, attempting to obtain his license and vehicle paperwork for identification purposes, officers said.

The male driver refused to produce the paperwork and fled the scene in his vehicle. A chase ensued northbound on U.S. 41 to the roundabout, then back onto U.S. 41. The suspect subsequently lost control of his vehicle near the Econo Lodge. The vehicle crossed the lanes of traffic, rolling over multiple times, coming to rest along the south shore of Lake Superior, police said.

The driver was ejected from his vehicle, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries, and was admitted to Marquette General Hospital for observation. He has been identified as a 21-year-old with a current address in Hancock.

No one else was in the vehicle, police said, adding charges will be sought against the driver.

The incident remains under investigation.

Assisting the Marquette City Police at the scene were the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, the Chocolay Police Department, the Michigan State Police, the Marquette City Fire Department and MGH EMS.