Fruitport Township police said the man left the scene of the crash and had a suspended driver’s license. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor, Sgt. Bruce Morningstar said.
Police were called to the scene by a passerby who observed the vehicle off the roadway near the intersection. The witness observed a male subject and a female subject in the vehicle; the man was the driver. The witness left the scene after contacting police.
Police arrived to find the vehicle partially submerged in water in the ditch. The occupants had exited the vehicle and fled the scene.
Multiple calls were received indicating persons matching the description were hitchhiking near the area on eastbound Interstate 96, police said. Officers from several agencies searched the area but were unable to locate the subjects.
An Ottawa County deputy located the subjects matching their description walking in the area of 112th Avenue and Leonard Road near the Nunica exit. The male subject was arrested at the scene for charges in Ottawa County and for an outstanding warrant out of Oceana County.
The Fruitport Township Police Department is seeking charges on the man through the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office.