A Michigan man is accused of eluding a police officer and crashing head-on into a minivan in Carroll on Monday. Three people in the van suffered unspecified, serious injuries. (Photo by Julie Ayala)
A Michigan man is accused of eluding a police officer and crashing head-on into a minivan in Carroll on Monday. Three people in the van suffered unspecified, serious injuries. (Photo by Julie Ayala)

June 4, 2019

A 39-year-old Michigan man in a sport-utility vehicle was arrested Monday night after he sped through Carroll, failed to stop for a police officer, swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed into a minivan, which injured three people in the van and caused his vehicle to overturn onto its top, according to court records.

Todd Alan Michalec, of Escanaba, Michigan, is charged with felony eluding, interference with official acts and numerous traffic violations.

Michalec was westbound on U.S. Highway 30 about 7:15 p.m. when someone reported that he was driving excessively fast, court records show.

A police officer who responded to the call saw Michalec driving at about 72 mph in a 35 mph zone and attempted to stop him by activating his patrol vehicle’s lights and sirens.

Michalec continued west on the highway until he reached its intersection with North West Street.

“The vehicle then went into oncoming traffic where it attempted to traverse a curve to the right,” court records show.

Michalec’s vehicle collided head-on with an eastbound minivan driven by Heide Reinhardt, 47, of Glidden, according to a police report. Reinhardt and two other occupants of the van suffered unspecified, serious injuries and were treated first at St. Anthony Regional Hospital. The two passengers — Caitlin Main, 25, and Gina Gibson, 25, both of Carroll — were later transported to Des Moines hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately available.

Michalec’s vehicle overturned onto its top, and he “quickly exited” the vehicle and resisted arrest, court records show. It took four law-enforcement officers to detain him.

He is held in the Carroll County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

He faces up to five years in prison for the eluding charge. Further charges are pending unspecified test results, a police report said.