West Bloomfield Township — A high-speed police chase through three cities early Thursday morning ended when a motorist slammed his car into a sports bar, police said.
The pursuit began in Beverly Hills sometime around 2:45 a.m. when the driver of a Volkswagon Jetta fled from police there trying to make a traffic stop and instead took off southbound on Greenfield around 13˝ Mile, otherwise known as Beverly Road.
Beverly Hills police stopped chasing after the car in the area of 12 Mile and Greenfield Road, but notified Southfield police of the fleeing vehicle, according to a news release issued by Southfield police.
Southfield police picked up the pursuit a short time later on Northwestern Highway, north of 12 Mile after spotting the Jetta traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on 12 Mile near Telegraph, running a red light and driving the wrong way on Telegraph.
Southfield officers tried to stop the motorist, a 31-year-old man from Beverly Hills, but he continued on into West Bloomfield Township, northwest on Northwestern Highway at about 100 mph.
West Bloomfield police became involved at 2:53 a.m. when the VW barreled through the intersection of Northwestern and Orchard Lake, where Northwestern dead ends. The car went over a curb, went airborne, took out a tree and slammed into Champps Americana sports bar, West Bloomfield Police Lt. Tim Diamond said.
The driver had to be extricated from the car. He was taken to Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills for injuries believed to be non-life-threatening, Diamond said. Southfield police said the driver’s injuries were significant, but did not elaborate. A warrant is expected to be issued for the driver once he is released from medical care.
Diamond said Southfield police are expected to seek charges against the motorist. Neither Southfield or West Bloomfield police indicated whether alcohol played a role in the chase and subsequent crash.