URGENT URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 3-22-18 – 8 a.m. ET –
NMU student facing hit-and-run, drunken driving charges this morning following a three-vehicle crash – after which he allegedly dumped his dad’s wrecked car in the Marquette Senior High School lot and fled on foot
By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
(Marquette, MI) – An NMU student is facing drunken driving and hit-and-run charges this morning following am crash during which he allegedly hit two other vehicles in Marquette.
The hit-and-run wreck was reported about 11:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday night, March 21, 2018 on the 900 block of West College Avenue between Northrup and Norway streets.
In addition to the suspect’s car, the wreck involved two other cars including heavily damaging a pizza delivery vehicle.
The dark-colored Chevy Malibu with heavy damage fled east on West College Avenue.
Witnesses said the suspect’s “wheel was skidding – he thought he may have went straight through the high school lot,” Marquette Police Officers told the 911 dispatcher.
At 11:33 p.m. Wednesday, the vehicle was found by police in the Marquette Senior High School lot.
“It looks like the driver bailed,” radioed the officer who discovered the vehicle.
The suspect may have been wearing a tan coat and pants – heading north on Lincoln,” said an officer to other police units paroling the area.
Police found a driver’s license on the hit-and-run vehicle’s floor belonging to the suspect – 20-year-old John Morgan Edwardsen of Rapid River, an NMU student living on campus and a 2016 Norway-Vulcan High School graduate.
A minute later the suspect was apprehended by police near Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.
Edwardsen is facing charges that including operating while impaired (OWI) plus hit-and-run. Bond has not been set for Edwardsen.
He was booked into the Marquette County Jail at 1:26 a.m. ET this morning.
The hit-and-run vehicle turn out to be a 2011 Chevy Malibu registered to the suspect’s father John William Edwardsen of Rapid River, MI.
In the hit-and-run vehicle, police found a Savage Model 17-caliber bolt action rifle in the trunk.
“Looks like he might have been shooting out of his car, there’s a bunch of spent casings in there,” said one investigating officer talking via radio to another officer.
The victims driving the other two vehicles were 18-year-old Isabella Joy Fisher and 22-year-old Gerald Willard VanBuren the IV of Marquette, MI.
Neither were injured.