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Hit and run driver injures officer

Mitchell Byrne

A 24-year-old Greenville man was arrested this week after he rammed the back of a police cruiser and then fled.
Greenville police responded to the scene of a domestic assault call in the 700 block of South Lafayette in Greenville about 2 a.m. Sunday. Officer Sean Parsons responded as a back up. He arrived on scene and activated his emergency warning lights and was preparing to exit his patrol car when his car was struck behind by a 2004 Toyota Four Runner. The force of the impact sent the police cruiser and Parsons up and over the curb and over a phone box. The badly damaged Toyota then fled. Parsons briefly lost consciousness and was transported to Spectrum United Hospital by Montcalm County Emergency Services.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies and Greenville Public Safety Officers responded to the scene to try to locate the suspect. They found the abandoned vehicle, which was missing a right front tire, near the corner of M91 and Baker Road in Eureka Township. The suspect was not with the vehicle.
Mitchell Byrne, 24, turned himself into police on Monday. He was arraigned Tuesday in Montcalm County’s 64B District Court. He is charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

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