TAYMOUTH TWP. (WWJ) – The Saginaw County Sheriff’s office plans to charge a 23-year-old man in the death of Michigan State Trooper Jeffrey Werda.
Officials said the suspect led police on a chase earlier Wednesday morning, across three townships. Werda, 43, was killed on his way to the pursuit when his patrol car rolled over in a ditch.
He was transported to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw, where he was pronounced dead.
The County Sheriff said the chase was senseless — triggered only by a minor traffic violation.
Lieutenant Patrick McGreevy spoke with WWJ about the loss of his colleague, who was an 11-year veteran.
“This was one of the saddest days that I’ve had in my 29-year career,” McGreevy said.
“It’s very, very sad, very somber inside the Post. As expected, there’s been some tears inside the post,” he said.
The incident remains under investigation.