Mich. trooper uses vehicle to stop driver who was having stroke

Trooper Tyler Baker is credited with saving the 84-year-old man's life

By Darcie Moran
Detroit Free Press

WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich. — A Petoskey man having a stroke drove more than 100 miles on shredded tires until he was stopped by a trooper, police say.

A trooper was called shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday to U.S. 131 in Wexford County for a vehicle being driven on four flat tires, according to a Twitter post by the Michigan State Police in northern lower Michigan.

Cadillac Post Trooper Tyler Baker located the vehicle southbound on the freeway, near mile marker 188, and tried to pull the vehicle over by activating his lights and sirens, police said.

The driver didn’t stop.

The driver also failed to stop despite repeated attempts from Baker, who even pulled alongside the car and verbally told him to pull over.

Eventually, Baker pulled in front of the vehicle, slowed down to stop it and, after the stop, learned the 84-year-old driver was in distress.

The man was taken to Cadillac Munson Hospital.

Police learned that the man’s brakes were inoperable by the time police pulled him over.  They’ve credited Baker with saving the man’s life.

Photos provided by the State Police showed a white Chevrolet Equinox bumped up against the trooper’s vehicle, which had minor damage.

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