Wrong-way driver abandons vehicle on I-75, drives stolen Jeep through garage door before chase

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When police received a call about a wrong-way driver on I-75 in northern Michigan, they found the car because the driver fled and stole a Jeep.

According to Michigan State Police, a driver was seen going the wrong way on I-75 near Old State Road in Otsego County around 5:35 pm Aug. 4. When they arrived, they found the vehicle abandoned, and received reports of a man seen running across the road.

Police searched the area, but did not find the man.

After clearing the scene, a call was received about a Jeep stolen from a nearby home. The vehicle’s owner told police he was inside his home when he heard a loud noise. He saw someone had stolen his 2014 Jeep Cherokee by driving it through his closed garage door.

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Police found the stolen vehicle abandoned and still running on S. Old 27 Hwy., south of Marlette Rd. A resident on S. Old 27 Hwy. then saw a man running through their yard and into the woods.

Gaylord police began chasing the man on foot, and were joined by MSP troopers. At one point, the man brandished a knife at police. He put it down when ordered to, and was arrested without further incident.

The suspect, a 39-year-old Alanson man, was taking to the Otsego County Jail pending arraignment.

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