MSP arrest man who allegedly threw sandbags off I-96 overpass, hit car’s windshield

LYON TOWNSHIP, MI — Michigan State Police have arrested a man who allegedly threw several 40-pound sandbags off of an overpass at cars traveling along I-96 Sunday night. MSP troopers were called by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office around 11 p.m. Sunday for assistance with an accident investigation.

MSP arrived at the scene along westbound I-96 near Old Plank Road and took over the investigation which determined that a male suspect crashed his truck near the overpass. After crashing, the suspect walked up the Old Plank Road overpass, which is currently under construction.

Once in the construction zone, the suspect allegedly began hurling sandbags off the overpass and was trying to strike passing vehicles on the freeway. One vehicle was hit by a sandbag which crashed through her windshield, according to police. That victim suffered serious injuries as a result of the incident and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

After throwing the bags off the overpass, police say the man was picked up by a passerby who dropped the man off at a home in Brighton. During their car ride, the driver said the suspect told him about what happened earlier in the night. After dropping the suspect off, the driver contacted police and told them where he took the suspect.

When police arrived at the suspect’s location they found shoes that matched shoe prints recovered at the scene of the crime and took them for evidence. The suspect was arrested and lodged at the Oakland County Jail. His charges are awaiting review by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office. Police are seeking charges of felonious assault causing great bodily harm and/or impairment, damage to private property and throwing objects at motor vehicle causing injury.

The suspect’s name and age have not been released by police.


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