Drunken driver falls asleep in roadway
A 40-year-old Caledonia woman fell asleep on Robinson Avenue north of Ecorse Road about an hour before dawn Aug. 25, with her vehicle running and in neutral. After blocking the woman’s vehicle nose-to-nose with a police vehicle, the officers attempted to awaken the woman.
She opened her eyes, looked at the officers, shook her head, closed her eyes and fell back to sleep. The officers awoke her again, issuing loud verbal commands to open the car door. Instead, the woman placed her foot on the gas pedal, revving the engine, then looked around in confusion.
After about two minutes, the woman opened the car door, emitting a strong odor of intoxicants. She was told to turn off the vehicle, which she did, but then had difficulty shifting the vehicle into park.
She was told to exit the vehicle, which she did unsteadily. She was led over to a patrol car and told to lean against the bumper.
She voluntarily said that she had “way too much to drink.” After failing all field sobriety tests, a preliminary breath test was administered, and the woman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18, more than twice the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
Her vehicle was impounded and towed, and she was cited for operating while impaired, and held.
Road rage ends with pointed gun
A road rage incident Aug. 23 ended with a driver pointing a handgun at another driver and then fleeing.
A driver told police he was trailing a red 2012 Jeep Liberty from I-94 to the Southfield Freeway. He said both vehicles exited the freeway at Outer Drive, and when both vehicles were stopped at the service drive traffic light, the driver of the Jeep exited his vehicle, pulled a semi-automatic handgun from the back seat, pointed it at the man mouthing “m – f—,” then re-entered his vehicle and fled east on Outer Drive.
The man was described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall, with a shaved head, no facial hair, brown eyes and skinny. There were no witnesses.
Attempted apartment break-in reported
Police responded to the 5000 block of Heather Aug. 27 after a resident reported his apartment was possibly broken into. The man said he left his apartment at 9:10 a.m. for work and when he returned about 8:50 p.m. the front doorknob was loose.
According to the report, the door knob was protruding roughly an inch away from the door. The man said he unlocked the deadbolt which appeared to still be engaged and then entered the apartment. When he grabbed the interior doorknob to check if it was loose, it fell off the door.
The man also observed cracked wood above and below the latch on door and frame consistent with someone trying to break in, according to the report.
The resident said nothing appeared to be missing from his apartment.
There were no security cameras nearby or suspect information on the attempted break-in.
Laptop, pistol stolen from vehicle
A man reported a vehicle break-in to police Aug. 25 by filing a report at the Dearborn Police Department after a laptop, pistol and other items were stolen.
The man said he parked his Mercedes in the south parking lot at the Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd. facing the Ford Motor Co. parking lot that afternoon.
According to the report, the next day, the victim noticed the rear driver side window was broken and that a hotel customer advised him that day he observed the window was broken.
The victim checked the vehicle and saw that a TEK pistol along with its holster and magazine, a Toshiba laptop, NRA flashlight and Leatherman tool were missing. When asked for a serial number for the pistol or computer by police, the man said he did not have them. He told officers he did not know who could have stolen the items.
Security at the hotel said the parking lot does not have cameras and they they did not have information about the vehicle break-in.
Woman purchases $600 in gift cards, provides scammers with redemption codes
A woman called police after she was defrauded out of $600 when two scammers contacted her to purchase gift cards in order for her mother to receive money to pay medical bills.
The woman told officers that the first call came Aug. 15 from a Washington state phone number when a man said her mother was getting $15,000 for medical bills. He then told the woman to purchase $400 in Google Play gift cards and send the redemption codes over the phone before the medical bill money could be sent from the Department of Heath and Human Services.
The woman purchased a gift card valued at $400 from Walgreens, 8706 N. Telegraph Road, and read the redemption codes over the phone to the man.
A few hours later, a woman using a New York phone number called the victim again and told her to send another $200 in Google Play gift cards. The woman returned to Walgreens where she purchased a $100 Google Play gift card and then purchased a $100 Google Play gift card from a CVS/pharmacy in Redford Township.
According to the report, the victim made the phone call to the woman and provided the redemption codes for both gift cards before she felt something wasn’t right.
The victim informed police and supplied them her gift card receipts as evidence.
Officers warned the victim not to answer similar phone calls if she receives them in the future.
Furnace, hot water tank stolen from vacant house
A Realtor reported the afternoon of Aug. 16 that a vacant house in the 1500 block of Austin Avenue his company had listed for sale was burglarized, and a hot water tank and furnace with a combined value of $6,000 were stolen. He said the burglary occurred Aug. 13, but he didn’t have time earlier to report the theft. The back door of the house was forced open, which damaged the door frame. There were no suspects.
A 28-year-old woman in the 1800 block of Anne Avenue reported the morning of Aug. 19 that her 2017 silver Chevy Equinox was keyed on the passenger side to the back of the vehicle, and then down the driver’s side, and the rear passenger side tail light was broken. The cost to repair the damage was estimated to be about $1,000. There were no suspects.
License plate larceny
A 46-year-old Melvindale man reported the evening of Aug. 22 that the license plate was stolen from his Ford F-150 pickup truck either where he works or a department store parking lot in Southgate. He was given a report number, and the plate was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen. He was advised to go to the Secretary of State office to be issued a new license plate.
License plate stolen from Ford Focus
A woman living in the 18000 block of Koester reported at 2 a.m. Aug. 17 that the license plate was missing from her grandmother’s 2005 Ford Focus, which was parked in the driveway. She said she had last seen the car with its plate at 8 a.m. the day before. The plate was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Truck license plate stolen
A man reported that he parked his truck in a lot in the 17000 block of West Jefferson the evening of Aug. 18, and when he returned for it the morning of Aug. 20 his vehicle license plate was missing. He said he reported it in case the plate was used in the commission of a crime. The plate was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen. There were no suspects.
Counterfeit bill detected
A cashier at Trentwood Farms, 11055 Allen Road, reported the afternoon of Aug. 16 that a customer tried to make a purchase with a counterfeit $100 bill. When the cashier used a verification marker to check the bill’s authenticity, the bill was found to be counterfeit. The customer then took the bill back and exited the store, leaving in an unknown direction.
Credit card used in California, while cardholder stayed home
A 44-year-old woman reported the afternoon of Aug. 20 that she recently learned that her credit card was charged $657 for an Aug. 7 purchase at a store in California, which she had not authorized, and where she had not been. The woman had already canceled the credit card, and needed a police report number number for her credit card company.
Tools and equipment stolen from business utility trailer
An employee of C & E Pipeline reported the morning of Aug. 23 that the lock had been cut off a company utility trailer parked on a vacant lot near the railroad tracks at Inkster Road and Trolley Industrial Drive, and numerous company and personal tools and equipment were stolen.
The stolen items included a three-quarter-inch drive socket set, a tool tote with multiple hand tools, orange and black air hoses, an air compressor, a grease gun and pneumatic impact tool, a Stihl brand string trimmer, three Stihl chainsaws and a generator.
Water heater and furnace stolen from vacant house
A larceny at a house in the 5900 block of John Daly, which had been empty for a week, was reported the morning of Aug. 23 by the property owner after the side door was found kicked in and the water heater and furnace were discovered missing.
Drunken man becomes combative at family baby shower
A drunken 43-year-old Belleville man was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication after trying to instigate fights with family members the evening of Aug. 19, while attending a baby shower at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3550 Biddle.
One attendee, who felt threatened by the man, took a defensive swing at him, striking him underneath his left eye.
When police officers arrived, the drunken man approached them aggressively, refusing to back off. He deliberately bumped against an officer, which resulted in his being handcuffed and taken into custody.
The man smelled of intoxicants, and had difficulty walking and standing. A relative said that whenever he attends a family function, he becomes drunk and combative.
When asked how much he had to drink, the man said, “I started with one beer and finished with I don’t know.”
As the man was transported to the police station, he threatened the officers with bodily harm when his handcuffs were removed, and that he would sue them for false arrest.
He was booked and placed in a cell, and refused a preliminary breath test, saying that it “didn’t matter at this point.”
Drunken man leads police on high-speed chase
A 25-year-old Ecorse man led police on a high-speed chase the night of Aug. 21 when a police officer driving south on Fort Street near Oak Street noticed the man swerving between lanes. When the patrol officer activated his lights to initiate a traffic stop, the man turned onto a side street and slowed down, then abruptly accelerated. The officer then activated his sirens, and followed the man north on 23rd Street, traveling in excess of 80 mph.
The officer notified dispatch and called for backup as the man continued to travel at a high rate of speed in the residential area, ignoring all stop signs. He exited the neighborhood onto westbound Eureka, then turned north on Fort Street, with the vehicle’s speed approaching 100 mph, until the man drove north of the Goddard intersection and locked up the vehicle’s brakes, causing the police vehicle to collide with the rear of his vehicle.
Multiple officers soon arrived on the scene. The passenger complied with officer requests, and was released at the scene. The driver failed to comply with directions, resisted handcuffing, and continued to resist even after repeated electro-shocks and a chemical deterrent spray.
The man’s driver’s license was expired and suspended. A vehicle search uncovered a half-full bottle of Fireball Whiskey in the center console, along with a 4.5-inch knife. The vehicle was impounded and towed, and he was taken to the police department to be searched and booked.
A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.156, two-times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. He was taken to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital for a blood draw, then returned to the police station, where he was held.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)