DNR stops wrong way driver, discovers him bleeding heavily from chainsaw wound

March 30, 2017

A chance encounter between a Michigan motorist and a DNR conservation officer may have saved a man’s life.

The incident occurred when CO Ben Shively of DNR District 4 observed a vehicle traveling toward him in the wrong lane.
According to a report from Shively, he quickly pulled over to the shoulder of the road as the vehicle corrected his line of travel and slowly passed by.

In the process, Shively was able to get eye contact with the driver and believed the operator to possibly be under the influence of alcohol due to the blank stare on his face.

However, upon stopping the vehicle and expecting to find a drunk driver, Shively instead found the operator of the vehicle in shock with a severe laceration from a chainsaw accident on his arm.

Shively advised dispatch to contact EMS and applied his issued tourniquet above the wound stopping the severe bleeding, according to the report.

The operator had lost a tremendous amount of blood and was more than 20 minutes away from the hospital. EMS later said the driver would have passed out shortly from the large amount of blood loss.

DNR District 4 includes Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties as well as several other counties.




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