By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – A motorcyclist who attempted to elude police officers following a road rage and ethnic intimidation incident was arrested after he crashed while trying to take a turn at 100 mph.
Michael Phipps, 34, of Lincoln Park, who faces multiple felony charges, was released on a $10,000, 10 percent bond with a GPS tether following his June 29 arraignment.
Police officers witnessed Phipps, who was on a motorcycle, shout at another motorist while northbound on Fort Street near Walnut Street. He punched the passenger side mirror with his fist, knocking it off the vehicle.
When officers tried to initiate a traffic stop, Phipps immediately accelerated to more than 90 mph on Fort Street, weaving in and out traffic.
He turned west onto Goddard in Lincoln Park, and reached 100 mph by the time he crossed Dix-Toledo Road.
As Phipps attempted to turn north onto Old Goddard Road, the motorcycle went airborne and crashed in a nearby field. The motorcyclist was uninjured, and was immediately placed under arrest.
Phipps was charged with malicious destruction of property less than $200, a 93-day misdemeanor; reckless driving, a 92-day misdemeanor; ethnic intimidation, a 2-year felony; police officer assault/resisting/obstructing, a 2-year felony; and third degree fleeing from a police officer, a 5-year felony.
Phipps, a convicted felon, also was charged with being a habitual offender, fourth offense.