A 37-year-old Mount Clemens man faces a list of criminal charges after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle that ended when he crashed head-on into a pickup truck on Interstate 94.
The suspect is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in 42-2 District Court in Chesterfield Township, according to police Sgt. Ken Anderson.
"He's facing six criminal charges stemming from this incident," Andeson said. "No one was severely hurt in the pursuit. I think our Chesterfield officers did an excellent job."
The incident started about 6:25 p.m. Monday when loss prevention personnel at a Target store on Gratiot Avenue and 23 Mile Road called police to report a retail fraud in progress. The suspect had stolen electronic equipment and was leaving the store.
According to a news release, responding officers spotted the silver 2007 Saab 93B entering westbound I-94 at 23 Mile Road and followed it. Police attempted to stop the car, but the driver disregarded their attempts and kept going.
Investigators said the Saab had been reported stolen out of Chesterfield Township last week.
Police continued to pursue the suspect, who was reportedly driving in excess of 100 mph. The driver exited the freeway at Shook Road, where he lost control of the vehicle and drove off the ramp onto a grass embankment before regaining control and driving back onto the off ramp.
He then crashed into a Chesterfield Township police vehicle but was able to continue driving. The suspect drove east on Shook, through a road construction site, and down the ramp to eastbound I-94, the release stated.
When the suspect attempted to enter eastbound I-94, he turned left at the bottom of the ramp into oncoming freeway traffic.
"He drove head-on into the heavy evening rush hour traffic and crashed into a 2005 Ford 150 (pickup truck) driven by a middle aged Ira Township resident," police said in the release.
The stolen Saab was disabled from the crash, police said. But the suspect was able to climb out of the wreckage where he unsuccessfully attempted to open the doors of two separate vehicles stopped on the freeway.
The suspect then fled from officers up the embankment and on to surface streets. He was apprehended by a Macomb County Sheriff's deputy and a Chesterfield officer on the grounds of Brittany Park Apartments, located a couple of blocks from the crash scene.
Police said an EMS crew responded to the scene to treat the the driver of the vehicle struck by the fleeing motorist. The driver suffered minor injuries in the collision, Anderson said.
The suspect is being held in the Macomb County Jail in Mount Clemens. He faces charges of felony fleeing, receiving stolen property, attempted robbery of a motor vehicle/carjacking, obstructing police, and driving with a suspended license.
He also has active felony warrants out of Macomb, St. Clair and Wayne counties.
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