By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – A 22-year-old Detroit man who led police on a high speed chase July 6, crashed into two police cars, then tried to flee on foot, was charged with drug possession.
The man was also wanted on a felony firearm warrant out of the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit.
A police officer on patrol on 18th Street near Orchard saw a white Chrysler Town and Country minivan with a tinted license plate cover turn in front of the police vehicle. The man then entered a nearby driveway, but when the officer waited to see if the move was a bluff, his instincts proved correct, and the vehicle soon took off rapidly at a high rate of speed west on Marshall in the residential area.
The officer activated his lights and sirens to attempt a traffic stop, while the man turned south, the wrong way, on 19th Street, then west on Ludington to the Jo Brighton Skills Center parking lot.
The man then drove north, the wrong way, on 20th Street before turning east on Marshall. He then turned north on 19th Street, east on Marshall, and south on 18th Street, traveling about 40 mph in a residential area.
He then went east on Ludington, north on 17th Street, west on Grove, then went north, the wrong way, on 22nd Street. He then went east on Orchard, then north on 21st Street, before turning west onto Pine Street to reach northbound Fort Street.
The man then sped west across the northbound lanes of Fort Street, turned south on Fort Street, then turned west onto Cherry Street, entering the city of Southgate.
He went north on Barberry Street, east on Balsam, and crossed all southbound lanes of Fort, turning the wrong way into a crossover, nearly striking two cars to reach northbound Fort Street, and ran a red light north of Pine and south of Eureka, as well as the red light at Eureka.
The man continued north on Fort, traveling in excess of 80 mph in a 45 mph zone. He ran red lights at Fort and Oak, and Fort and Northline. He then veered off into a neighborhood, east on Davis, north on 23rd Street and west on Clark, disregarding all stop signs, and re-entered northbound Fort.
Once back on Fort, his speed exceeded 80 mph, and he ran red lights at Fort and Goddard, and Fort and Moran. As he approached the intersection of Fort and Emmons, all lanes of traffic were stopped at a red light, blocking the intersection.
The man stopped in the middle lane, then pushed the vehicle in front of him into a parking lot, and went east on Emmons at 70 mph.
The original pursuing officer’s patrol car was then rear-ended, pushing the officer into another vehicle. A second Wyandotte patrol car then continued to pursue the man.
The man then went north on Gohl, then west on New York. He swerved into oncoming traffic in an unsuccessful attempt to hit the fully marked police vehicle, with activated lights and sirens, being driven east on New York by Deputy Police Chief Archie Hamilton.
The man then continued west on New York, and did not stop at the stop sign at Fort Street. He locked his brakes and slid across Fort Street, nearly striking several vehicles traveling north on Fort. The second pursuing officer then tried to turn north on Fort, and the police vehicle came in contact with the fleeing vehicle. The man then drove south on Fort, and hit another police vehicle head-on.
The man then abandoned his vehicle, and fled on foot into the alley south of New York and north of Winchester, east of north Fort Street.
The initial officer pursued the man on foot, as did Hamilton, who physically restrained the man on Winchester. The man continued to resist, and as the initiating officer reached the man and Hamilton, the officer applied a chemical deterrent to help subdue the man.
When the man was searched during booking, marijuana, and folded lottery tickets containing heroin/fentanyl were found in his possession. He also had more than $1,000 cash in his pockets.
A record search showed the man had an expired driver’s temporary instruction permit.
He was booked and held, and forfeiture paperwork was filed for the cash and vehicle.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected].)