Chippewa County Sheriff Michael Bitnar

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Chippewa County’s sheriff has received more than 100 cards and many flower bouquets as he recovers from a car crash. 

Michael Bitnar suffered major injuries when a car crossed the center line on August 10 and hit his vehicle, which rolled several times. Bitnar was off-duty when it happened.

Undersheriff Greg Postma says Bitnar remains in serious but stable condition at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Due to the type and severity of his injuries, doctors have indicated his recovery will be lengthy.

CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, MI--   Chippewa County’s Sheriff has suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Chippewa Township. 

Troopers from the Sault Ste. Marie Post say it happened Saturday around 7:10 p.m. on M-28 near Salt Point Road. An eastbound vehicle driven by Paul Sitz of Ramsey, Minnesota crossed the centerline and tried to turn into a parking lot. It pulled into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by Sheriff Michael Bitnar of Rudyard, who was off-duty at the time.