Two pursuits – Jan. 7, 2010

While patrolling I-94 in Dearborn, a Metro South Post trooper observed a vehicle traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Upon observing the patrol unit, the lone male occupant immediately exited I-94 at Michigan Avenue.  The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit ensued traveling east into Detroit.

The fleeing driver turned north into a residential area, at which time the trooper terminated the pursuit due to the suspect’s reckless driving in a 25 mph zone.  Troopers from the Metro South and Detroit posts responded to canvass the area for the vehicle, and minutes later, troopers observed the vehicle, now containing two males.

Another pursuit began, but the passenger bailed immediately and was apprehended by a trooper. Other troopers continued pursuing the driver for two more blocks until he crashed into unoccupied residence at the end of a dead-end road.

The passenger later stated the driver picked him up at his residence and was taking him to buy cigarettes at the gas station when the troopers located the vehicle the second time.  He did not know the driver was in a previous pursuit with the troopers.  The passenger was found to have a felony parole absconder warrant.  The suspect vehicle had recently been stolen in Westland.  Charges are pending for auto theft, fleeing and eluding, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and driving with a suspended license.

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